Definition of get a fix on in English:

get a fix on


  • 1Determine the position of (something) by visual or radio bearings or astronomical observation.

    • ‘Satellites get a fix on the signal location and forward it to emergency response agencies on land.’
    • ‘Once again, I stood there trying to get a fix on his whereabouts.’
    • ‘They were equipped with technical facilities to get a fix on a target.’
    • ‘The saucer bobs up and down, trying to get a fix on me, then flies away.’
    • ‘You may end up having to tell a human operator where you are if the system cannot get a fix on your phone.’
    • ‘Having set up the software and hardware, I waited a few short moments for the system to get a fix on the GPS satellites.’
    • ‘‘Helm get a fix on our location’ the captain ordered the lieutenant at the navigational station.’
    • ‘Thus, you get a fix on it, and then it disappears, only to resurface much later and a considerable distance away.’
    • ‘It doesn't stop after a minute or two, so I go outside, get a fix on the position, and call 911.’
    • ‘A colleague rushed to locate him with the standard bit of kit, but couldn't get a fix on the man, even though he was just 50 meters away.’
    1. 1.1informal Assess or determine the nature or facts of; obtain a clear understanding of.
      ‘it is hard to get a fix on their ages’
      • ‘What is fascinating is the difficulty in getting a fix on community values.’
      • ‘I really feel as though I've got a fix on what it all means from this half of one book.’
      • ‘The figures I've just shown you don't have anything to do with white collar crime quite obviously, and there are real problems getting a fix on whether white collar crime has grown.’
      • ‘‘The market is a bit dead at the moment, so it's hard to get a fix on the value of the property,’ says Kevin.’
      • ‘These maps are the easiest way to get a fix on what's in the night sky: Simply take a star map, orient the map and yourself to the north, and look up.’
      • ‘Naturally, you are trying to get a fix on this startling turn of fortune.’
      • ‘Scientists involved in modelling climate change are trying to get a fix on how much the ice sheet has melted throughout history.’
      • ‘Something as basic as a graphic showing how growth is going, whether at national or European level, is an instant, relatively easy way to get a fix on how the economy is moving.’
      • ‘So they do research, and interview people, in order to get a fix on just what the story might be.’
      • ‘They also agreed that it's easier to talk about God's love for us and our love for self and neighbor than it is to get a fix on our love for God.’
      understand, comprehend, work out, fathom out, make sense of, grasp, catch, follow, perceive, make out, penetrate, divine, search out, ferret out, puzzle out, take in, assimilate, absorb, get to the bottom of
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