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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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The C-17 proves one thing: an air-delivery system must be a comprehensive package that conveys to its users the confidence of solidness.
Nonetheless, the solidness of both lesbian couples over time is what will be remembered--along with the somewhat disconcerting question that shadows it: Where are the highly visible long-term gay male celebrity couples of the 20th or 21st century?
In The Four Ages of Man, from the Museo Civico, Vicenza, the four figures, especially the Jordaens-like baby, display a truly Belgic solidness.
Notwithstanding some very exciting and original contributions (Epstein's biography of land use and Kryder-Reid's analysis of vision, for example), many of the papers were characterized by a cautious, conservative solidness.
I am moved by the solidness of it, its resonance of sound and space.
1994) (finding that offense level was properly enhanced because it affected financial institution and defendant gained more than $1 million from actions, even though offense was not a major bank crime involving threat to safety and solidness of financial institution).
Sometimes the desired message is one of solidness but with a forward-looking attitude.
The study is inspired by the ranking "The Most Admired Companies," organized by Fortune magazine in the United States, and evaluates criteria such as product quality, brand, innovation, human resources, ethics, business management, solidness, social responsibility and commitment to the local development, besides reputation and ability to compete globally.
The plight has demonstrated solidness and capability of the Kuwaiti society to counter such conspiracies seeking to foment discords and incite division and sectarianism amongst its members, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah added.
That speaks for solidness and stability, but the Thompsons don't want people to think that they are some kind of ordinary "square'' couple.
They stressed that what the takfiris and terrorists are doing is a flagrant aggression on religion and a crime against humanity, affirming that victory is coming thanks to the awareness of the Syrian people and the solidness of its unity.
Aluminium is considered an ideal craft industries raw material due to the ease of its reconstruction, its light weight, its relative solidness and its flexibility to reformatting and recycling.
The Secretary General of the Chamber Adnan Hussein Mandourah underscored that the Saudi industry has attained an advanced rank, efficiency and solidness to the point that made it capable to compete with its peers in the world market, especially that the Saudi products are of world standard premium quality.
There is a solidness about that Russian national defence, I like Dzagoev, Tosic and Honda and don't forget they were quarter-finalists only 18 months ago.
Yes - but the solidness of the management team behind the scenes contributed to that luck.