If you get
or take the measure of
someone or something, you discover
what they are like, so that you are able
to control them or deal
with them. If you have the measure of
someone or something, you have succeeded
in doing this.
The governments of the industrialized world had failed to get the measure of the crisis.
Has he taken the measure of us and concluded that we're not willing to risk a life?
Lili was the only person I knew who had the measure of her brother.
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