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    to wrap one's brain around it

    Hello,


    is "to wrap one's brain around it" an idiom which is used? because when I was looking it up in the dictionary or even at google, I mostly find the expression "to wrap your mind around something". And does is mean something like "to think sth. through"?


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    Linnea

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    Re: to wrap one's brain around it

    'Wrap your mind around' and 'wrap your brain around' are the same thing. It means to comprehend something, to understand it. It's usually about complex ideas that you aren't familiar with, a science or a philosophy that's new to us. It doesn't need to be that you fully understand the idea in question, just that you begin to understand what it's about.

    "String Theory can be a tough thing for the average person to wrap their mind around."
    "I know his ideas are radical, but give it some time to wrap your mind around them."
    "This book is too difficult to read. I can't even wrap my brain around what it's trying to say."

    You can switch 'mind' and 'brain' in any of the examples, or any of your own.

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Re: to wrap one's brain around it

    A similar colloquial expression is 'I can't get my head round it'.

    Rover

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    Re: to wrap one's brain around it

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    A similar colloquial expression is 'I can't get my head round it'.

    Rover
    That's the one I'm familiar with. I've never heard "wrap one's brain around".

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    Re: to wrap one's brain around it

    Thank you very much, especially FreeToyInside for the examples!

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