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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DRIVING schools are passing off trainee instructors as fully qualified teachers - and most learner drivers are none the wiser.
With covered windows and scant foot traffic, neighbors often are none the wiser -- until police raid the facility or the musty odor of marijuana escapes and wafts over the neighborhood.
Parents say they are none the wiser after a second meeting into plans for a major education overhaul.
The winner of this year's Preakness and Belmont Stakes was found to have damaged his near-fore suspensory after landing the Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga on August 25, but the colt's connections are none the wiser as to when exactly the problem occurred.
So we are none the wiser, but as each day goes by with us being none the wiser, it looks less likely he will run in the Cadran.
The people receiving DLA, of course, are none the wiser as they believe they were being paid the correct amount of benefit.