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Wednesday, 26 December 2007

Phrase of the Day 170: 'get the gist'

"to get the gist"


definition: to understand its basics, its fundamentals.

example: "I didn't understand everything in the article, but I got the gist"

origin:
This phrase comes from the old French Gsir meaning to lie, itself having the meaning of something lying within something and being its basis.

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