it is a wise child that knows its own father

it is a wise child that knows its own father

proverb It is difficult to truly know who one's father is, especially in the case of a child born to unwed parents. A: "Ben was actually raised by his stepfather and didn't know it until years later." B: "Wow, I guess it's true what they say—it is a wise child that knows its own father."
See also: child, father, know, own, that, wise
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It is a wise child that knows its own father.

Prov. You can never have certain proof that a certain man is your father. (Implies that the child in question might be illegitimate.) It is a wise child that knows its own father, but Emily is so much like her dad that there's very little uncertainty.
See also: child, father, know, own, that, wise
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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