be none the wiser

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be none the wiser

1. To not be aware of something (typically because others have kept it a secret). I came in after curfew last night, but it's OK because I was so quiet that my parents are none the wiser.
2. To not understand something, even after receiving explanations and information about it. My tutor has explained the quadratic equation to me many times, but I'm still none the wiser.
See also: none, wiser

be none (or not any) the wiser

know no more than before.
See also: none, wiser

be none the ˈwiser/ˈno wiser

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not be any the ˈwiser


1 not understand something, even after it has been explained to you: I’ve read the instructions, but I’m still none the wiser.
2 not know or find out about something bad that somebody has done: If you put the money back, no one will be any the wiser.
See also: no, none, wiser
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"I waited until they released a statement to see exactly why I have been released but having read it I am none the wiser still.
I am none the wiser, but I'm not sure they are either."
Frankly, I am none the wiser either way: when you're stuck, you're stuck, and no amount of intellectual deconstruction will help fill a blank sheet of paper and ease an even blanker mind.
I HAVE looked through all of Mike Ashley's comments over the last couple of days regarding his ownership of Newcastle United - and I am none the wiser about his motivation now as I was before I read them.
As part of my job I have read - and written - numerous articles about the forthcoming EU referendum yet if you were to ask what result is best for me and the UK , to leave or go, I am none the wiser.
A letter from the group to her says: "After reading what you sent us and the press reports online, I am none the wiser as to how someone can be convicted of murdering a person who appears to have died of natural causes, even if she confesses to it."
He said: "I haven't spoken to the disciplinary department, or heard from them, so I am none the wiser on that.
I've been writing about it for seven years now and am none the wiser. The town still looks run down because of it in spite of all the money spent on the quay.
I am none the wiser - but I am dying to drop it into conversation down at the Crazy HP.
Having read and re-read the intricacies of a row that may or may not be threatening Cardiff's future, I am none the wiser.
When he's finished what sounds like a series of throat- clearing exercises I am none the wiser. Luckily a translator is at hand.
I have been looking at this year's race since Thursday and to be quite honest I am none the wiser. This is the most difficult National I have ever tried to solve.
However, so widely varied is Smith's approach to music that I am none the wiser! Will the title-track, a dark, brooding and intensely atmospheric piece on bass- clarinet typify the session or the wild and raucous playing on tenor and soprano saxophones of other tracks on this impressive CD?
After a night out I am none the wiser about any of my mates, excepting for the `Favourite Peanut' revelation.