Definition of be (or get) across something in English:

be (or get) across something


  • Fully understand all the details of an issue or situation.

    ‘the legislation is mind-bogglingly complex and you really need to be across it’
    • ‘So Mr Peters should not continue to say that he is across this issue and representing the views of farmers, because we are saying that that is not essentially the issue.’
    • ‘If that's the case, then collectively they should be across all media details and at least one member should have spotted the footage for what it was.’
    • ‘I was reading military journals in bed at night, just to get across the technical detail we needed to know.’
    • ‘We were fortunate to have a very thoughtful and perceptive Minister who was across the issues involved in the WorkCover Scheme reform.’