have the knack of

have the knack of
• to get the knack of
• to have the knack of
to have to learn something by doing

"You've got to get the knack of working both arms at once," he said. "It takes a little practice." (Th. Dreiser)

"Why do you say 'must we?' in that peculiar tone of voice?" said Nan. She had a knack of uttering such a question in a way which forced Моr to answer her. (I. Murdoch)

The young man studied his wrist-watch as if he were just acquiring the knack of reading time. (D. Parker)

It happened that I had a knack for drawing. (W. S. Maugham)


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