have the measure of someone

have the measure of someone
have the measure of (someone/something) slightly formal to understand what someone or something is like and to know how to deal with them.

What was clear was that the president no longer had the measure of his country's problems.

I don't think she's under any illusions about her husband - she's got the measure of him.


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  • have the measure of something — have the measure of (someone/something) slightly formal to understand what someone or something is like and to know how to deal with them. What was clear was that the president no longer had the measure of his country s problems. I don t think… …   New idioms dictionary

  • have the measure of — (someone/something) slightly formal to understand what someone or something is like and to know how to deal with them. What was clear was that the president no longer had the measure of his country s problems. I don t think she s under any… …   New idioms dictionary

  • have/take/get the measure of someone — have/take/get the measure of (someone) (or have/take/get someone s measure) chiefly Brit : to have or get a good understanding about what is needed to defeat or deal with (someone you are competing against) She failed to take the measure of her… …   Useful english dictionary

  • have the measure of sb — have the measure of sb/sth ► to understand what someone or something is like and to know how to deal with them: »The other team were experienced negotiators, but we had the measure of them. Main Entry: ↑measure …   Financial and business terms

  • have the measure of sb/sth — ► to understand what someone or something is like and to know how to deal with them: »The other team were experienced negotiators, but we had the measure of them. Main Entry: ↑measure …   Financial and business terms

  • have the measure of sth — have the measure of sb/sth ► to understand what someone or something is like and to know how to deal with them: »The other team were experienced negotiators, but we had the measure of them. Main Entry: ↑measure …   Financial and business terms

  • get the measure of someone — get/take the measure of (someone/something) have the measure of (someone/something) to understand what someone or something is like and to know how to deal with them. We got the measure of the opposition in the first half and set about beating… …   New idioms dictionary

  • take the measure of someone — get/take the measure of (someone/something) have the measure of (someone/something) to understand what someone or something is like and to know how to deal with them. We got the measure of the opposition in the first half and set about beating… …   New idioms dictionary

  • get the measure of someone — get the measure of someone/take someone’s measure/ phrase to understand what someone is really like so that you can decide how to deal with them or defeat them She seems to have got the measure of the champion. Thesaurus: to understand someone s… …   Useful english dictionary

  • have/take/get the measure of — (someone) (or have/take/get someone s measure) chiefly Brit : to have or get a good understanding about what is needed to defeat or deal with (someone you are competing against) She failed to take the measure of her opponent. [=she failed to… …   Useful english dictionary

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