know only too well

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know only too well

To be very familiar with something, usually something bad or unpleasant. A noun or pronoun can be used between "know" and "only." Oh, I know sleep deprivation only too well, what with three toddlers at home. We know only too well how stressful moving can be.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

know something only too well

to know something very well; to know something from unpleasant experience. (Note the variation in the examples.) I know the problem only too well. I know only too well the kind of problem you must face.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

know only too well

see under only too.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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