I read a sentence:

Like I said earlier, it’s totally worth spending some time getting a good grip on how key funcs work in Python.

Get a grip in Oxford Dictionaries means: Keep or recover one's self-control. but it doesn't make sense.

I guess 'getting a good grip' means 'learning' in the context.

Is it a good practice to use 'get a grip' as synonyms of 'learn'?

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    The word grasp means "To take hold of intellectually; comprehend", and sometimes its synonym (grip) can likewise be used in this figurative context.
    – J.R.
    Dec 13, 2017 at 15:54

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It is a simple idiom:

  • get a grip on something - to begin to understand a difficult situation and start to find a way of dealing with it (To have a newfound understanding of a topic or concept)
  • Thank you very much.I have dictionaries of Cambridge, Collins, MW, Oxford, Dictionary.com, urban dictionary ,etymology.com and the dict you recommend Macmillan Dict.
    – AbstProcDo
    Dec 13, 2017 at 14:38
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    @YumiTada - TFD is quite good for idioms.
    – J.R.
    Dec 13, 2017 at 15:52

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