Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) the basic meaning or understanding of sth
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got the gist
The noun 'gist' means the general understanding or meaning of a text, speech or talk. If you get the 'gist' of something it means you have a rough understanding of what it was about but not the details. You might say you 'got the gist' to communicate you understood the basics or the main point in a set of instructions. This noun can be used in professional or social contexts.
Social Examples (Basic)
I couldn't understand every word, butI got the gistof what the French speaker was saying.
Do youget the gist of what I'm saying?My point is there's no way out of here.
My bossdidn't get the gistof what I was saying because he was so distracted by his phone.
Professional Examples (Basic)
I am going to assume you have all read the report in-depth and just go through the gistof it for now.
I only understandthe gistof how the system works. Can you demonstrate some of the advanced features?
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