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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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Francis Owens wrote: "I'd say shame on the HSE, but they don't know the meaning of the word.
FEAR - Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo have shown they don't know the meaning of the word.
In this soporific atmosphere, the "ping" of press releases arriving is the only break in the general tedium, as some highly enthusiastic AMs, who don't know the meaning of the word holiday keep churning out useful information.
He had no idea of the worry I had been through because until you have children of your own you don't know the meaning of the word.
It's the same pride that refuses to allow him to look the other way anymore when he encounters people who don't know the meaning of the word.
hell How get in Yes, some children are horribly naughty thanks to parents who don't know the meaning of the word discipline.
He should be ashamed of himself but, unfortunately the likes of the Healy-Raes don't know the meaning of the word shame as both father and son have necks like jockeys' bollocks.
Pop stars and models, unless they're juggling work with taking care of a young family, don't know the meaning of the word exhausted.
In Sardinia, they don't know the meaning of the word 'recession'.
THEY think they're suffering a drought down here in Hoylake but they don't know the meaning of the word.
But Leicester don't know the meaning of the word defeat - and they battled on gamely until Marshall won the reward his battling team-mates so richly deserved.
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