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    wrap one's fingers around something

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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.

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    Re: wrap one's fingers around something

    Quote Originally Posted by hossein31 View Post
    Hi.
    I have a problem in understanding this sentence especially the underlined part. What does it mean exactly? Is it an idiom? What is its dictionary reference?

    It is a simple way to get your fingers wrapped around a project.

    Many thanks in advance. You can thank us by clicking on the Like button when you have received an answer which you find helpful.
    I have never heard this expression. It is certainly not an idiom and I doubt it was written by a native speaker. It seems to mean 'to get involved in a practical way with'.

    In what context did you encounter it?

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    #3

    Re: wrap one's fingers around something

    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.
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    #4

    Re: wrap one's fingers around something

    You can also fail to wrap your brain/head/mind around something if you have trouble comprehending it.

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    Re: wrap one's fingers around something

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I have never heard this expression. It is certainly not an idiom and I doubt it was written by a native speaker. It seems to mean 'to get involved in a practical way with'.

    In what context did you encounter it?

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    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

    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.
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    Re: wrap one's fingers around something

    "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.

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    Re: wrap one's fingers around something

    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
    Thank you. Can you see how helpful it would have been if you had given that context in post #1 rather #5?

    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.

    Rover

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