you never can tell

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you never can tell

there is no way to know or be certain of something It sounds like a nice place to live, but you never can tell – we may end up hating it.
Related vocabulary: there's no telling
See also: can, never, tell

you never can tell

Also, you never know. Perhaps, possibly, one can't be certain, as in You never can tell, it might turn into a beautiful day, or You may yet win the lottery-you never know. The first term uses tell in the sense of "discern," a usage dating from the late 1300s; the variant dates from the mid-1800s.
See also: can, never, tell
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