know the meaning of the word

not know the meaning of the word

if you are talking about a quality or an activity and you say that someone does not know the meaning of the word, you mean they do not have that quality or they have no experience of that activity Work? He doesn't know the meaning of the word! And the irony of Phil talking about ethics. He doesn't know the meaning of the word.
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From all I had heard and read, I was satisfied my neighbor was a Yankee shirt, both from his curiosity and from his abrupt manner of asking questions; still I was at a loss to know the meaning of the word BOSS, my clairvoyance being totally at fault.
The 26-year-old Finnan believes Spain are one of the strongest teams remaining in the tournament, but they will not relish playing an Ireland side which does not know the meaning of the word 'defeat'.
The Crusaders will face a tough test keeping their 100 per cent Super 12 record intact tomorrow morning against a Stormers side who appear not to know the meaning of the word quit.
He also said, "They wish to know the meaning of the word 'sure' and the phrase 'knowledge of the world'.
One time at a party, a woman asked me, `Do you know the meaning of the word ``chutzpah?
all the wouCm-yo Conte does not know the meaning of the word defeat - he's useless at English, you see - and this group opener has draw written all over it.
That interest was definitely rekindled by two juggernauts of the game who give every ounce of effort and artistry to every shot and don't know the meaning of the word quit.
She was referring to young Michael's alma mater where he studied Classics and History and lamenting the fact that he didn't appear to know the meaning of the word kosher.
THE touchy England fans who shout racism as football banter don't know the meaning of the word.
But Waterloo didn't know the meaning of the word surrender.
This is yet another example of a city council that does not know the meaning of the word consultation.
He doesn't know the meaning of the word kitsch and sees nothing wrong with following an unaccompanied Irish ballad with a surfing guitar extravaganza.
He should be ashamed of himself but, unfortunately the likes of the Healy-Raes don't know the meaning of the word shame as both father and son have necks like jockeys' bollocks.
Maybe, just maybe, the silly few who chose not to play by the rules before will do so now and will grow up into hard-working individuals who are well educated and know the meaning of the word respect.
But does he know the meaning of the word unfaithful?