be not to know

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be not to know

To not have been able to know something in advance. We aren't to know the path that life will take us on.
See also: know, not

be not to ˈknow

have no way of realizing or being aware that you have done something wrong: ‘I’m sorry I called when you were asleep.’ ‘Don’t worry — you weren’t to know.’
See also: know, not
References in classic literature ?
And what I was going to tell you, sir,' said Little Dorrit, trembling in all her little figure and in her voice, 'is, that I am not to know whose generosity released him--am never to ask, and am never to be told, and am never to thank that gentleman with all MY grateful heart
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