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not know the meaning of the word

To be completely without the particular quality, trait, or characteristic that is being described. Integrity? Ha! John doesn't know the meaning of the word! Oh please, Janet, you don't know the meaning of the word "poor."
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not know the meaning of the word

If you mention a word and say that someone doesn't know the meaning of the word, you mean that they do not have a particular quality or have never done or experienced a particular thing. Love? He doesn't know the meaning of the word! Ruthie was an optimist; she didn't even know the meaning of the word depression. Note: Nouns such as phrase and term are sometimes used instead of word. Patrick doesn't know the meaning of the phrase `speed limit'.
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not know the meaning of the word

behave as if unaware of the concept referred to or implied. informal
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not know the ˈmeaning of the word

(disapproving) not have enough experience of something to understand what it really is; not be capable of really understanding something: Love? He doesn’t know the meaning of the word.They talk about justice, but they don’t know the meaning of the word.
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Jackie Joyner-Kersee doesn't know the meaning of the word "limit.
And what's more worrying-that the judge doesn't know the meaning of the word "deign," or that maybe he does?
But Murray fought back valiantly to level at 4-4 and even edged 5-4 ahead only for the man, who doesn't know the meaning of the word defeat, to summon one final effort to haul himself over the finishing line and edge 4-3 ahead of the Scot in their jousts this year.
I would suggest that compared to the millions in the world who live in abject poverty she really doesn't know the meaning of the word and I hope that she never has, or ever will, suffer from it.
This Government, of course, doesn't know the meaning of the word.
The presenter is Eamonn Holmes (pictured) who might be able to spell, but clearly doesn't know the meaning of the word slim
But Hartson denies he doesn't know the meaning of the word loyalty.
Sadly for Tony, Chirac doesn't know the meaning of the word.
Dalglish doesn't know the meaning of the word entertainment.
He doesn't know the meaning of the word kitsch and sees nothing wrong with following an unaccompanied Irish ballad with a surfing guitar extravaganza.
Her skin doesn't know the meaning of the word facial anymore and her hair looks like it has been cut by blind hubby Carlos.
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