agarrar la onda

An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to understand)
a. to get it
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿De qué se ríen? - ¿No agarras la onda?What are you laughing at? - Don't you get it?
b. to catch on
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Le insinué a Luis que quería quedarme a solas con Mercedes, pero él no agarraba la onda.I hinted to Luis that I wanted to be left alone with Mercedes, but he wouldn't catch on.
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to find a solution to)
a. to work out
No consigo agarrarle la onda a esta ecuación. ¿Me explicas cómo la resolviste?I can't work this equation out. Can you explain how you solved it?
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to learn how to operate)
a. to get the hang of
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Al final le agarré la onda a esta puerta. - ¿Conseguiste abrirla?In the end I got the hang of this door. - Did you manage to open it?
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