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have (got) (one's) number

To understand or know someone or something well enough to anticipate what they will do. That team is impossible to beat—they've had our number since 2006! Oh, don't worry, I've got his number—he's a typical brat.
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have someone's number

If you have someone's number, you understand what kind of person they are, and so you know how to deal with them. Oh, don't worry — I won't let him cheat me. I've got his number.
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have someone's number

understand a person's real motives or character and thereby gain some advantage. informal
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have somebody’s ˈnumber

(informal) really understand what type of person somebody is and what they plan to do: Don’t worry, I’ve got his number. I shall be very careful in any business I do with him.You can’t fool me, you know. I’ve got your number.
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