know (one's) onions(redirected from knows onions)
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know (one's) onions
To be very knowledgeable or skilled in some area. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I think Nicole is our best candidate for the job—she really knows her onions about corporate accounting.
know your onionsBRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you know your onions, you know a lot about a particular subject. She really knows her onions in the historical field. Note: This may derive from the rhyming slang `onion rings', meaning `things'.
know your onionsbe fully knowledgeable about something. informal
Onions is perhaps short for rhyming slang onion rings , meaning ‘things’. The phrase dates from the 1920s.