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Know all the answers

verb phrase

know a thing or two
know it all
know one’s way around
. Be extremely knowledgeable or experienced. These idioms may be used somewhat differently, expressing overconfidence, as in
Helen always knew all the answers, or thought she did
, or competence, as in
Bob knows a thing or two about battery technology
, or ruefulness, as in
I thought I knew it all about plants and then I got poison ivy
, or genuine expertise, as in
John knows his way around tax forms
. The first term dates from the early 1900s, the second from the later 1700s, the third from the later 1800s, and the fourth, also put as
know one’s way about
, dates from the 1500s. Also see

; under
tricks of the trade


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  • Know a thing or two

    verb phrase To have practical sagacity; be worldly-wise; know what’s what (1792+) see: know all the answers

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  • Know better

    Be able to recognize something as wrong or not possible, as in Mary should know better than to leave her child alone in the house, or Try to get in without a ticket? You know better than that. [ c. 1700 ]

  • Knowbot

    World-Wide Web A kind of bot that collects information by automatically gathering certain specified information from websites. (1999-06-19) knowledge robot

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