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Related to knowledge: general 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.
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 knowsand 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.
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.
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.
little knowledge is a dangerous thingand 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.
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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/ˈknowledgeas far as you know: He never made a will, to the best of my knowledge.
be common/public ˈknowledgebe 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!
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.
to your ˈknowledgefrom 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.
have a ˌworking ˈknowledge of somethingknow 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.
knowledge in, bullshit outand 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.
n. the head. Now, I want to get this into your knowledge-box once and for all.