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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KNOWN QUANTITY City last played Cardiff four years ago in the Premier League.
Emmerich challenges the hoary tradition--held by readers, reviewers, publishers, literary scholars, and even many translators and scholars of translation--of referring to the objects of literary translation as if each were a known quantity, a singular entity with a stable and fixed lexical content.
WITH more than six million sold since 1995, it might be reasonable to assume the Renault Megane is a known quantity - well think again.
Pai is a known quantity who brings integrity, good humor and a fierce intellect to the Commission.
Motorland is a known quantity as a test venue and a race circuit for KRT and is located close to the team's base of operations in Barcelona.
Clinton has been the preferred candidate by investors, generally seen as a known quantity, over the political wild card, Trump.
After his harrowing tour of every Rio event, Nadal would likely prefer to face the known quantity Bellucci rather than Goffin.
Bukhave is a largely unknown quantity to British speedway, having only once briefly ridden in the UK before, but follows in the tyre tracks of fellow countryman Jonas B Andersen, who was even less of a known quantity when Havelock shipped him across the North Sea midway through a traumatic 2015 campaign.
Loic Remy is a known quantity to Newcastle and the club is a known quantity to him.
No hassles, no worries, a known quantity so to speak.
Andy is a known quantity and will bring a huge amount of experience while Jamie has been impressing a lot of people over in New Zealand and has the opportunity to do the same here at Kingston Park.
Andy is known quantity and will bring a huge amount of experience while Jamie has been impressing a lot of people over in New Zealand and has the opportunity to do the same here" Both players will be in contention to make their club debuts at home against Bath this Saturday.
Thomas says he and Bell were the "perfect guinea pig" to see if a crowdfunded film might work: "We have a built-in audience, we're a known quantity and we're one of those cultish shows where the fans are really devoted.