known quantity

known quantity

someone whose character, personality, and behavior are recognized and understood. We need not worry about how John will behave. He is a known quantity. Lisa is a known quantity and I am sure she will not surprise us by voting with the opposition.
See also: known, quantity
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We've seen it before on both the Golf GTI and the Scirocco GT, so it's a known quantity, feeling flexible and without a lot of turbo lag.
COACH Chris Shuker sees new signing Steve Jennings as the well known quantity whose midfield abilities should be well suited to the task of helping Tranmere fight their way out of the League Two danger zone.
On the other hand, if you do not anticipate a great deal of changes in your business, a candidate who is a known quantity may be the right choice.
Dell is a known quantity with its line of server solutions, and Lenovo offers a wide range of options for business and consumer desktops and notebooks.
The eventual total will be 100,000 badgers nationwide, which is the virtual genocide of the entire known quantity of our favourite wild mammal.
The general recognition of the Tea Party as a Republican constituency has made them a known quantity.
The distance is a known quantity, the course is a known quantity, and most of his potential rivals have previously finished behind him.
For the '09 concert heard on Uveal the South Bank, the organizers of London's Meltdown festival had asked Hebden, whose duo with Reid was by then a known quantity, to tweak the formula.
He and his family are a known quantity in Millbury, and he'll continue the excitement that Ryan was able to start last year with our program.
The case of Kieron Pollard is a perfect example: he was hardly a known quantity when he burst onto the scene playing for the Trinidad and Tobago side in last year's CL-T20, but eventually played a big role in taking his unfancied team into the final.
The veteran is a known quantity who is certain to provide effective representation.
I think things will be harder for us this season as we are a bit more of a known quantity especially in the Heineken Cup, where we performed so well last year.
A number of importing companies were vying for the Paulaner rights, but the brewery decided to go with a known quantity.