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wrap one's head around it

wrap one's head around it

Date: Jun 19 2014

Themes: Celebrity, Pop Culture

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“It’s hard to wrap my head around the idea of leaving a place where I’ve lived and breathed for so long.”

TV host Seth Meyers, talking about leaving Saturday Night Live

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

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understand something

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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When you wrap something, like a gift, you cover the item with paper. Generally, the item is supposed to be a surprise, so you make sure to take your time and hide the gift. Nothing of the original box or package is showing because it’s all inside the wrapping paper.

When you wrap your head around something, you also cover it. Not with paper, but with brain power. Solving a difficult problem takes a lot of mental energy. You think about what is wrong. And then you decide on one or more ways to fix it. Sometimes the situation is too complex, and you don’t have an answer for it. No matter how many ways you look at the problem, you just can’t wrap your head around it. It doesn’t seem like there’s an answer.

Talking about leaving Saturday Night Live, TV host Seth Meyers said it’s difficult for him to wrap his head around leaving. He doesn’t have an answer for what it will be like when he is no longer part of the network show. It’s obviously something he’s thought about a lot, but he is still unsure what his life will look like.

When have you not been able to wrap your head around something? How did you solve the problem?

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“Steven was such a hard worker. I can’t wrap my head around the fact that he got fired.”

“Even though scientists have studied the cosmos, it’s impossible to wrap your head around how big the universe is.”

“Can you explain this game to me? I just can’t wrap my head around the rules.”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

Manu4 To assume or understand something
by Manu4
sara1998 it means even thinking of doing sth is hard for me!
by sara1998
a2020 Think about sth.
by a2020
Understand, digest the situation.
by Mr. Learner

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sam14719

sam14719

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

When i doing an important thing i cant warp my head around other things

01:51 PM Jul 15 2014 |

ahmet55

ahmet55

Austria


Actually, whenever I’m exhausted and I’m in OFF MY GAME or so stressful either can’t focus on problem, as a result of this I’ll not be able to wrap my head around it. To handle it I’ll take a break along with deep breath and besides a light music would be helpful in this way. 

01:55 PM Jul 13 2014 |

jjoblues

South Korea

I can’t wrap my head around why I need to learn English.

09:49 AM Jun 24 2014 |

alphagirlgo

China

I always wrap my head around  how to choose my job

10:11 PM Jun 23 2014 |

lira_

lira_

Russian Federation

I can’t wrap my head around the future after I finished school. I can hardly imagine what studing in university is like, so I’m really afraid and at the same time very exited.

01:50 AM Jun 22 2014 |

faezeh14

faezeh14

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I just can’t wrap my head around all these mathematics problems,which I should solve till tomorrow.

03:08 AM Jun 20 2014 |

mahbubeh92

mahbubeh92

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

@Eric .ofcourse its a new lesson but one week before revealing  the definition nd discussing about the expressions they are showed up on the site ..and i think i gave the same definition as the winners..idk!!

01:56 AM Jun 20 2014 |

Jullieta

Jullieta

Russian Federation

I cant wrap my head around , how I would live without my love!

01:08 AM Jun 20 2014 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

good slang , thanks !!

03:16 PM Jun 19 2014 |

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zaahid

Somalia

i cant wrap my arm to push something,because it all needs to do somethings..

11:14 AM Jun 19 2014 |

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oksana08

oksana08

Ukraine

I cant wrap my head around men behaviour. Why do they lie all the time and think only about their interests?

07:33 AM Jun 19 2014 |

S&W

S&W

China

@Ryo,I don’t understand  your words “Been he attavk femals.”But i didn’t feel that way.For me ,i Do like Seiyf’s comments.

06:33 AM Jun 19 2014 |

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S&W

S&W

China

@Seiyf ,I totally agree with you.when the kids grow up and become teenagers ,Parents would face more challenging problem

06:27 AM Jun 19 2014 |

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Seiyf_khawas

Turkey

also, many parents cant wrap their heads around kids behaviors.:)


06:20 AM Jun 19 2014 |

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S&W

S&W

China

There are many things that i can’t wrap my head around finding a reason.If i can’t do this which only prove that wasn’t set for me .So why do i waste time to get the depths of it?


I like this lesson very much.This slang is very useful


 

06:12 AM Jun 19 2014 |

Seiyf_khawas

Turkey

% 99 of men can’t wrap their head around the women behaviors ..


maybe its true,for women :))


05:22 AM Jun 19 2014 |

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amjad123

Pakistan

going to resolve something hard, search whether right or wrong

03:08 AM Jun 19 2014 |

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Eric_

Eric_

China

@mahbubeh92  Really? I think it’s the new lesson…

02:27 AM Jun 19 2014 |

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mahbubeh92

mahbubeh92

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i think i guessed this expression right last week but i can’t wrap my head around the reason that im not one of winner..

11:58 PM Jun 18 2014 |

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