catch one's drift

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catch one's drift (third-person singular simple present catches one's drift, present participle catching one's drift, simple past and past participle caught one's drift)

  1. (idiomatic) To understand the essence of what someone attempts to communicate, especially if it is vague, hinting, or poorly phrased.
    I caught her drift when she looked at me from across the noisy lunchroom and went over to her table.