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have a (good/solid/sound/etc.) grasp of/on (something)

To have a firm, clear understanding or determination of something. I hope everyone has a solid grasp of the material, as you'll be tested on it next week. I thought I had a pretty good grasp on English idioms, but I don't understand this one at all!
See also: grasp, have, of, on, solid, sound

get a (good/solid/sound/etc.) grasp of/on (something)

To attain a firm, clear understanding or determination of something. You will need to get a solid grasp of the material, as you'll all be tested on it next week. I'm trying to get a grasp on English, but I don't understand some of these idioms at all!
See also: get, grasp, of, on, solid, sound

be (as) solid as a rock

To be stable, sturdy, and reliable. They've been married for 50 years, so their relationship has to be solid as a rock. That table must be as solid as a rock to withstand the ceiling collapse with hardly a scratch.
See also: rock, solid

(as) solid as a rock

Exceptionally stable, sturdy, and reliable. They've been married for 50 years, so their relationship has to be solid as a rock. That table must be as solid as a rock to withstand the ceiling collapse with hardly a scratch.
See also: rock, solid

a (good/solid/sound/etc.) grasp of/on (something)

A firm, clear understanding or determination of something. I hope everyone has a solid grasp of the material, as you'll be tested on it next week. I thought I had a pretty good grasp on English idioms, but I don't understand this one at all!
See also: grasp, of, on, solid, sound

*solid as a rock

Cliché very solid; dependable. (*Also: as ~.) Jean has been lifting weights every day, and her arm muscles are solid as a rock. This company has always built power tools that are as solid as a rock.
See also: rock, solid

(as) solid as a ˈrock

extremely solid and reliable: The Irish team were solid as a rock in defence. ▶ ˌrock-ˈsolid adj.: The company has a rock-solid reputation.
See also: rock, solid

solid

1. mod. good; great; cool. Listen to that solid beat.
2. mod. consecutive; consecutively. Then he “had the flu” for three days solid.
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Meanwhile, Republicans gained five states -- New Hampshire, West Virginia, Missouri, South Carolina and Texas -- all moving from competitive to leaning or solidly Republican.
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Warren YM pushed forward in search of the equaliser but Crumlin defended solidly and scored again on the break.
His decisions, legal scholars say, have been methodical, respectful of precedent, and solidly conservative.
Work resumed, and the 'old' villa is now a replica that's more solidly built than the original.
Some of the great things are based solidly on fact ("Texas still has the right to divide into five states.
North 13th Street cuts across very different socio-economic neighborhoods, going in a matter of blocks from a working class, predominantly Latino area of modest row-homes, to the solidly middle and upper-middle class single-family homes surrounding a college campus.
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Sixteen years ago, critic and historian Lynn Garafola (who is a DM senior advising editor) proved this with her atmospheric, yet solidly researched volume, Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.
"Branch Brook was built solidly; you can see the quality of workmanship that was employed in its original construction," said Mr.
While Cunning-Folk is a solidly researched and soundly structured study, it suffers from Davies' tendency to define problems in the narrowest possible terms.
``I played solidly all day and my putting was pretty strong.