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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

*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


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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Even with Democratic Party affiliation declining during the past two years, Democratic states still outnumbered Republican states by 23 to 10 last year, and there were 14 solidly Democratic states compared with 5 solidly Republican states.
McAuliffe, a master fundraiser and bare-knuckles political fighter, is seen as solidly in Hillary's corner.
Without that business, GMAC will remain solidly profitable, but at lower levels.
belief that the Europeans and the Japanese are far ahead of American industry in the use of DI technology was solidly confirmed due to their emphasis on research and development.
The stock is now solidly above the 15 level, which is significant from an options-related perspective.
A solidly written, straightforward, and definitive reference.
The atmosphere was intense even before the fight began, with the Staples Center crowd solidly behind Gracie.
This is, quite simply, good stuff, well-written, solidly documented and, best yet, very interesting.
Marks was the Berlin Bureau Chief for US News and World Report and soaked up enough detail while on that assignment to deliver a novel that places the reader solidly in the middle of the scene.
Though Beautiful Inez is solidly crafted and moving, its emotional effects are blunted by what feels like a foregone conclusion.
A solidly useful and highly recommended resource, enthusiastically recommended for home buyers and home owners--when applied to the expenses of one's home, the insights gleaned here literally pay for themselves.
Hunting IN Harlem is a solidly written book with splendid multidimensional characters, vivid description and one hell-of a-great cover.
Asked if he planned to celebrate his award, a jubilant Carbo replied, "Now that Nosh-Hardy's theory has been solidly anchored by our experiments, I'd like to work with Chef Boyardee to see if super-string theory also applies to angel hair pasta.
By moving the Republican party in a more conservative direction as the Democratic party's Southern support started to fracture, Nixon threatened to turn the South from solidly Democratic to solidly Republican in presidential elections and also knocked away some of the Republican party's Northern support.
The transfer of land ownership of New York's most significant development site solidly sets the foundation for the creation of the world's premier mixed-use complex," said Stephen Ross, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Related Companies, L.