to have a handle on

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - have a handle on

"to have a handle on"

to be in control of a situation;

to understand something well


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - have a handle on

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  We are going to have some trouble in the warehouse today. We have more orders to ship than we have drivers and trucks.

Colleague 2:  No problem. I've got a handle on the situation. I was reviewing today's orders last night and saw that we were going to have a problem so I called in two relief drivers. They are going to stop on their way in to pick up the two commercial trucks I rented.

Colleague 1:  Excellent. Good to see you have the situation under control.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - have a handle on

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  Are you ready for tomorrow's big algebra exam?

Student 2:  I think I understand the math well enough.

Student 1:  Well, I sure hope you have a good handle on the math. Professor Smith is notorious for giving really difficult final exams.

Student 2:  Here comes an all night study session.

to have a handle on - Usage:


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to have a handle on - Gerund Form:

Having a handle on her expenses, she was able to stay within her budget.

to have a handle on - Examples:

1)  After dozens of interviews, you can't help but have a firm handle on the product's features, functionality... even it's quirks. 

2)  ... you have better control over emotional responses, you are sure to have a better handle on anxiety as well. 

3)  Today media campaigns are being orchestrated by twenty somethings that have a deeper handle on social media than the Old-Boys-Club will ever have

4)  I still don't have a clear handle on what I'm doing but I do know that music is an essential part ...

5)  Sounds like certain banks have a good handle on their internal processes, and that their auditors have verified same, ...

6)  ... said he and his client will not make that decision until they have a better handle on the Crown's case.

7)  ... many investors may simply be overpaying for liquidity, and very few have a firm handle on the true numbers.

8)  Having been playing games for over 20 years, I believe I have a reasonable handle on what I'll enjoy long before reviews are ever published.

9)  Often, your undergraduate and graduate professors and advisers will have a better handle on the specific information the admissions committee wants than would a supervisor from outside the ...

10)  I knew then that Tedford did not have a good handle on the team.

11)  Regardless of organization, no one seems to have a confident handle on running their business. 

12)  We have a good handle on costs that pollution from fossil fuels imposes on society.

13)  A top CEO should have a better handle on his business.

14)  ... start to realize what I don't understand, and what I have a good handle on

15)  ... ballpark figure can come back to bite you if you don't have a real handle on the amount of work to be done. 

16)  ... being a local company that can potentially better target local content and have a better handle on how that local content is consumed. 

17)  We will need many more decades of research before we'll have a decent handle on what drives climate and whether CO2 is a problem.

18)  I am already feeling like I have a better handle on things. 

19)  After all, as practitioners of the craft I'm sure they have the best handle on what is and isn't Christian.

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