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common knowledge

Something that is (or is believed to be) generally or widely accepted as true, whether or not it has been verified or officially recognized. It's common knowledge that corporate interests play a major role in directing politicians and the laws they create. A healthy diet and regular exercise are the best defense against disease—common knowledge at this point.
See also: common, knowledge

to (one's) knowledge

Said of that which one knows or understands. A: "Is Janet coming in today?" B: "Not to my knowledge." To my knowledge, Jack is working a different shift these days. But Jill makes the schedule, so she would know for sure.
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as far as anyone knows

 and so far as anyone knows; to the best of one's knowledge
to the limits of anyone's knowledge. (The anyone can be replaced with a more specific noun or pronoun.) As far as anyone knows, this is the last of the great herds of buffalo. Far as I know, this is the best spot to sit. Q: Are the trains on time? A: To the best of my knowledge, all the trains are on time today.
See also: anyone, far, know

have carnal knowledge of someone

Euph. to have had sex with someone. (Formal or jocular.) She had never before had carnal knowledge of a man.
See also: have, knowledge, of

Knowledge is power.

Prov. The more you know, the more you can control. Child: How come I have to study history? I don't care what all those dead people did hundreds of years ago. Mother: Knowledge is power. If you know something about the past, it may help you to anticipate the future.
See also: knowledge, power

little knowledge is a dangerous thing

 and little learning is a dangerous thing
Prov. Cliché If you only know a little about something, you may feel you are qualified to make judgments when, in fact, you are not. After Bill read one book on the history of Venezuela, he felt he was an authority on the subject, but he wound up looking like a fool in discussions with people who knew a lot more about it than he did. A little learning is a dangerous thing.

little knowledge is a dangerous thing, a

Also, a little learning is a dangerous thing. Knowing a little about something tempts one to overestimate one's abilities. For example, I know you've assembled furniture, but that doesn't mean you can build an entire wall system; remember, a little knowledge . This maxim, originally a line from Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism (1709), has been repeated with slight variations ever since. It is still heard, although less frequently, and sometimes shortened, as in the example.

to the best of your beˈlief/ˈknowledge

as far as you know: He never made a will, to the best of my knowledge.
See also: belief, knowledge, of

be common/public ˈknowledge

be something that everyone knows, especially in a particular community or group: What do you mean you’re surprised he’s leaving? I thought it was common knowledge that he was looking for another job!
See also: common, knowledge, public

come to somebody’s ˈknowledge

(formal) become known by somebody: It has come to our knowledge that you have been taking time off without permission.
See also: come, knowledge

to your ˈknowledge

from the information you have, although you may not know everything: ‘Are they divorced?’ ‘Not to my knowledge.’
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safe in the knowledge that...

confident because you know that something is true or will happen: She went out safe in the knowledge that she looked fabulous.
See also: knowledge, safe

have a ˌworking ˈknowledge of something

know something well enough to be able to use it: I speak good French and I have a working knowledge of Italian and Spanish.I’ve used this software a bit so I do have a working knowledge of it.

drop someone some knowledge

tv. to give someone some information. Come on, What’s the 411. Drop some knowledge on me.
See also: drop, knowledge

knowledge in, bullshit out

and KIBO
phr. & comp. abb. a phrase expressing distress over stupidity. (Based on FIFO.) My head is just plain KIBO. I get everything confused. College is supposed to be knowledge in, bullshit out.
See also: bullshit, knowledge, out


n. the head. Now, I want to get this into your knowledge-box once and for all.
References in classic literature ?
Even if there be no true knowledge, as is proved by 'the wretched state of education,' there may be right opinion, which is a sort of guessing or divination resting on no knowledge of causes, and incommunicable to others.
But he is far from saying, as some have imagined, that inspiration or divine grace is to be regarded as higher than knowledge.
The philosopher only has knowledge, and yet the statesman and the poet are inspired.
Knowledge is prior to any particular knowledge, and exists not in the previous state of the individual, but of the race.
The germs of two valuable principles of education may also be gathered from the 'words of priests and priestesses:' (1) that true knowledge is a knowledge of causes (compare Aristotle's theory of episteme); and (2) that the process of learning consists not in what is brought to the learner, but in what is drawn out of him.
Like Alcibiades he is inspired with an ardent desire of knowledge, and is equally willing to learn of Socrates and of the Sophists.
In the Meno the subject is more developed; the foundations of the enquiry are laid deeper, and the nature of knowledge is more distinctly explained.
In the Republic the relation of knowledge to virtue is described in a manner more consistent with modern distinctions.
The relation itself is a part of pure experience; one of its 'terms' becomes the subject or bearer of the knowledge, the knower, the other becomes the object known"(p.
They deny altogether that there is a separate source of knowledge called "introspection," by which we can know things about ourselves which we could never observe in others.
I cannot describe to you the agony that these reflections inflicted upon me; I tried to dispel them, but sorrow only increased with knowledge.
I heard of the difference of sexes, and the birth and growth of children, how the father doted on the smiles of the infant, and the lively sallies of the older child, how all the life and cares of the mother were wrapped up in the precious charge, how the mind of youth expanded and gained knowledge, of brother, sister, and all the various relationships which bind one human being to another in mutual bonds.
He said that he would acquire no knowledge which did not bear upon his object.
They lay all the evidence before me, and I am generally able, by the help of my knowledge of the history of crime, to set them straight.
You see I have a lot of special knowledge which I apply to the problem, and which facilitates matters wonderfully.
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