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Get the hang   /gɛt ðə hæŋ/   Listen
Get the hang

Be or become completely proficient or skilled in.  Synonym: master.

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"Get the hang" Quotes from Famous Books

... and see if I can get the hang of it," Abe declared. "I reckon Mentor Graham could ...
— A Man for the Ages - A Story of the Builders of Democracy • Irving Bacheller

... returned Mr. Evringham. "Teaching me new tricks is going to be no joke, but your mother undertakes it cheerfully. I'm reading that book, 'Science and Health;' and she says I may have to read it through three times before I get the hang of it." ...
— Jewel's Story Book • Clara Louise Burnham

... taste that way,' said Revere between his puffs of his cheroot, 'you'll never be able to get the hang of it, but remember, Bobby, 't isn't the best drill, though drill is nearly everything, that hauls a Regiment through Hell and out on the other side. It's the man who knows how to handle men goat-men, ...
— Under the Deodars • Rudyard Kipling

... me a number of visits," the commanding General said with a laugh, "Our aviation camp seems to be an attraction for them. We have shot down six of them in the last few weeks. Our gunners are really only just beginning to get the hang of it, with practice. The trouble in peace time was always to find some sort of a target to train our gunners in the use of the new motor gun. We couldn't very well ask of our own aviators to go up and let themselves ...
— The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915 • Various

... got their goat," the captain insisted. "When trouble's hatching, I go straight to them and tell them what. They can't get the hang of it. Think I've got some powerful ...
— Jerry of the Islands • Jack London

... We want to teach them to swim so that if they tumble off a dock with their duds on they can strike out for shore like so many frogs. We manage to break in nearly every youngster who comes down to this beach. Most of them want to get the hang of it, anyway, and when there's a bunch of youngsters to start with, it's a cinch to get the rest ...
— The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers • Francis Rolt-Wheeler

... not. Fortunately, it was pleasant news; i.e., Colonel Chauvel, commanding 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade, waiting to see me. I had known him well in Melbourne where he helped me more than anyone else to get the hang of the Australian ...
— Gallipoli Diary, Volume I • Ian Hamilton

... at once. "I can't cook, mother," he said. "Not the least in the world. Often and often I've watched Pat, but I never could get the hang ...
— The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys • Gulielma Zollinger

... said Doctor Hugh pacifically. "Let's get the hang of this; why did you empty Jack's can of ...
— Rosemary • Josephine Lawrence

... his friend and bunkmate. "It's easy to do, real easy Harry," he said. "I reckon everyone could do it once they get the hang of it." ...
— Sonny • Rick Raphael

... latent abilities of which the crest cats had never heard. She'd barely begun to get it all sorted out yet, but ... as an example ... she'd found it remarkably easy to turn Halet's more obnoxious attitudes virtually upside down. It had taken her a couple of days to get the hang of her aunt's personal symbolism, but after that there ...
— Novice • James H. Schmitz

... external; and here it may be interesting to our own people to know some of the problems which confronted the Supreme Governor. The Japanese question was the first. General Rosanoff was Bolderoff's Chief of Staff, and it was important to the Supreme Governor that he should get the hang of outstanding matters and also make himself fairly acquainted with the policy of the deposed Directorate. He interviewed General Rosanoff and the Staff generally, and discovered that after the fall of Samara the Bolshevik army moved rapidly ...
— With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia • John Ward

... her husband. "Once last night with eclat, and once this morning with your mouth full, Jilly's told me three times, and the others once each. That's seven altogether. Eight, with this. I'm beginning to get the hang of the thing. Tell ...
— The Brother of Daphne • Dornford Yates

... again," Quest declared quickly. "Can you let us have the particulars of his escape, Lord Ashleigh? The sooner we get the hang ...
— The Black Box • E. Phillips Oppenheim

... he said, and began to chuckle at himself. "That's the trouble. I can't get the hang of it. There's a screw loose somewhere. I'm like a man steering a ship who knows nothing ...
— Boy Woodburn - A Story of the Sussex Downs • Alfred Ollivant

... round. But I won't open my mouth so wide in future, Dan. And don't think I'm wasting my time. I'm working like the devil, really, and learning everything from the beginning. Best will tell you that's true. He's a splendid teacher and I'll see more of him in future. And I'll read all about yarn and get the hang of the markets, and ...
— The Spinners • Eden Phillpotts

... said Bill pensively; "that's what they're doin'. She carries her catheads amidships. The ship's all right, once you get the hang of her." ...
— The Mayor of Troy • Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Words linked to "Get the hang" :   master, larn, practice, know, exercise, learn, acquire, practise, drill

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