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Difference between Have a feel for something and Have the feel of something

have a feel for somethinghave sensitivity for and understanding of smth.:

  • The DJ definitely had a feel for the type of music the kids would respond to.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase feel for something

1. attempt to find smth. by feeling about with the hand:

  • He felt for his matches and struck one to look at his watch-face.

2. have pity for smth.; sympathize with smth.:

  • You truly and deeply felt for the land and the people as though they were your own children.

have the feel of something

1. (of things) feel to the touch like smth. else:

  • This plastic is soft to the touch and has the feel of fine leather.

2. be reminiscent of smth.:

  • The neighborhood has the feel of a small village and students mix freely with professionals in its winding streets.

3. become accustomed to the way smth. is used:

  • I can drive better now that I have the feel of this car’s steering.