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I have a problem in understanding this sentence specially the underlined part? What does it mean exactly? Is it an idiom? What is it's dictionary reference?
It is a simple way to get your fingers wrapped around a project.
many thanks in advance
You can "get your arms around" a problem, situation, etc. It means you have a good understanding of it and the scope is managable. I wonder if this was used as a play on words - the situation was a very tiny one? You didn't need to get your arms around it - just your fingers. Just a guess on the play on words, though. It's also quite possible someone didn't understand the idiom.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
You can also fail to wrap your brain/head/mind around something if you have trouble comprehending it.
Paper Engineering & Pop-Ups for Dummies - Rob Ives - Google Books
By the way, I don't think the word "specially" has any problems in the spelling. It has two variations: specially and especially. If I am wrong, please let me know. But anyway many thanks for the corrections.
Last edited by hossein31; 04-Jul-2012 at 08:06.
"A montage project is a fun and simple way to get your fingers wrapped around a paper-engineering project."
Above is the full quote. I think it just means to get your hands busy with this kind of project. Possibly, and more idiomatically, to come to grips with the project.
not a teacher
Thank you. Can you see how helpful it would have been if you had given that context in post #1 rather #5?Here is the text in which the sentence is. You can find it in the beginning of the last paragraph of the page.Paper Engineering & Pop-Ups for Dummies - Rob Ives - Google Books
Now we know that the author is talking about finger dexterity, as Barb correctly surmised.
Click HERE for information of the usage of specially/especially.