to get the hang of

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - get the hang of

"to get the hang of"

to learn to do, use or handle something through successive practice


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - get the hang of

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Finally, the company is going to make the switch from paper-based inventory to a fully digital system.

Colleague 2:  How long do you think it will take the employees to learn the new system?

Colleague 1:  Before the actual change takes place, the company is giving a forty-hour course on the new system.

Colleague 2:  Then the employees should be getting the hang of it when the system comes online.

Colleague 1:  Yes. Most people will have a pretty good understanding and then can learn as they go.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - get the hang of

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Hey, how was your weekend learning to hang glide?

Friend 2:  It was a lot of fun. On Saturday I learned how to assemble the glider and the basics of flight. Then I practiced taking little hops down the hill, not really flying but just getting the feel of the glider.

Friend 1:  Sounds like fun.

Friend 2:  The real fun was on Sunday when I really started to get the hang of flying. By the end of the day, I was completely comfortable flying all the way from the top of the hill to a nice soft landing at the bottom.

Friend 1:  When are you going again?

Friend 2:  Next weekend, to an even bigger hill.

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to get the hang of - Gerund Form:

Getting the hang of a new system can take some practice.

to get the hang of - Examples:

1)  ... of roti as a scoop, it took me a few tries to get the hang of the Ethiopian method because of injera's texture -- floppier than a roti.

2)  When you begin journaling and get the hang of it, encourage your extended family and friends to do the same.

3)  They eventually managed to get the hang of handling a booming business and it has been smooth operations ever since.

4)  But you start to get the hang of it as you're in this environment every day.

5)  ... start with two minutes and add a minute or two everyday as you get the hang of it.

6)  ... seem daunting at first and, perhaps, boring, but once you get the hang of it, filing your records will be easy and you'll soon find it ...

7)  But after a year, you start to get the hang of it a little bit and my grades started getting better and better.

8)  It's really difficult to get the hang of it, because none of it comes naturally.

9)  ... but once you get the hang of it, it becomes a habit like any other and will pay back handsomely ...

10)  The inventory management system in particular can be a bit clunky until you get the hang of things.

11)  ... also thinks that being single will help her get the hang of living independently.

12)  It can be a little disorienting, but once you get the hang of it, it allows for some cool puzzle-solving opportunities.

13)  ... and the necessary training is provided to empower employees to get the hang of technological change.

14)  It may be scary at first, but once they get the hang of it, it's pretty easy.

15)  We trained for a few months to get the hang of everything.

16)  But once you get the hang of it, you can make the kite do visually appealing stunts like flips and ...

17)  The controls are certainly unconventional, but it's easy to get the hang of once you begin to explore.

18)  There was definitely an adjustment period, but I'm starting to get the hang of it.

19)  Drink coffee and tea without sugar for a month, and you'll get the hang of it.

20)  For someone that has ridden it doesn't take them long to get the hang of it.