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you know

an expression placed on the end of a statement for pause or emphasis. (This expression is often overused, in which case it is totally meaningless and irritating.) Tom: Sure, I spent a fortune on this car. Can't take it with you, you know. Rachel: But there are better things to do with it here and now. Bill: Do you always lock your door? Tom: Usually. There's a lot of theft around here, you know.
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you know

(spoken)
you understand She was cleaning, you know, when the police called to tell her about the accident.
Usage notes: usually used to be sure someone is listening carefully and agrees with what you are saying: It didn't have to happen that way, you know?
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you know

You are aware, you see, do you remember, as in She's very lonely, you know, so do go and visit, or You know, this exhibit ends tomorrow, or You know that black dog our neighbors had? She was run over a year ago. This phrase is also quite often a conversational filler, equivalent to "um" and occasionally repeated over and over (as in It's a fine day for, you know, the beach, and, you know, we could leave now); this usage is more oral than written, and many consider it deplorable. [Late 1500s]
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you know

Informal
Used parenthetically in conversation, as to fill pauses or educe the listener's agreement or sympathy: Please try to be, you know, a little quieter. How were we supposed to make camp in a storm like that, you know?
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References in classic literature ?
I thought you liked your own opinion--liked it, you know.
You couldn't put the thing better--couldn't put it better, beforehand, you know.
White's did--that is, I ate hers, you know, lots of it.
Tell me all you know about the will, and above all where it is.
And I know, as well as you know, what so changes it.
I write this to repeat most earnestly for myself all that she said to you and to let you know how sure I am that you will sooner or later find our cousin John a pattern of truth, sincerity, and goodness, when you will deeply, deeply grieve to have done him (without intending it) so much wrong.
You can answer, and you can speak, and I will marry you; but do you know that every word which we are saying and have said has been taken down and will be in the paper to-morrow?
Do you know, I am ignorant even as to what your face is like.
You know why you ought not to be angry with me--that I am simply an imbecile.
What can you know about broken hearts and blighted beings?
I always did like you, don't you know, ever since that first visit.
I know it is, but it's sometimes so hard to believe a thing even when you know it.
He never had a name: you know that, by this time, as well as I do.
The first words I said to him, when I saw the turn things had taken, were, "Do me justice--clear my character of a stain on it which you know I don't deserve.
You'll be one-and-twenty before you know where you are, and then perhaps you'll get some further enlightenment.