get the drift

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get the drift

Also, catch the drift. Understand the general meaning or purport. For example, I didn't get the driftdo they want to go or not? or Over all the noise he barely managed to catch the drift of their conversation. The noun drift has been used for "purport" since the early 1500s.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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