know (something) is coming

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know (something) is coming

To be aware beforehand that something is about to or inevitably going to happen. Typically used in the past or past perfect tense. Even though I knew it was coming, the punchline to the joke still cracked me up. Have a little sympathy. There's no way she could have known what was coming. Please, don't get so upset. You knew this day was coming.
See also: coming, know

knew it was coming

 and (had) known it was coming
to have expected in advance that something was to happen. I shouldn't act surprised. I knew it was coming. It's his own fault. He should have known it was coming.
See also: coming, knew
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