get a feel for

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1. gain a knowledge or understanding of something, familiarize yourself

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get a feel for a place/how things work

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If you get a feel for something it means to become used to or accustomed to something. To 'get a feel for' something can also mean to begin to understand or gain knowledge of a situation, place or activity. You might say you have a feel for something if you have a general understanding of it or you feel comfortable doing something.

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  1. I wanted to get a feel for the place before I made any decision about buying it, so I went to view the house on my own.
  2. I took the car for a test drive to get the feel of how it behaves on the road.

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  1. Jane volunteered to show me the ropes, and really helped me to get a feel for how things work in the office.
  2. Getting a feel for how the new computer system operates has taken me longer than I thought. I hope I get the hang of it soon!

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