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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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References in classic literature ?
From all I had heard and read, I was satisfied my neighbor was a Yankee shirt, both from his curiosity and from his abrupt manner of asking questions; still I was at a loss to know the meaning of the word BOSS, my clairvoyance being totally at fault.
But some one may object that he does not know the meaning of the word 'colour;' and if he is a candid friend, and not a mere disputant, Socrates is willing to furnish him with a simpler and more philosophical definition, into which no disputed word is allowed to intrude: 'Figure is the limit of form.
A man who can always use the word "dog" when he sees a dog may be said, in a certain sense, to know the meaning of the word "dog," and IN THAT SENSE to have knowledge of the universal "dog.
The boy did not know the meaning of the word, nor was he ever in his after life to experience the sensation.
You don't know the meaning of the word," he shouted.
While talking about bill Tauheed said that it is sheer nonsense adding that he said 'It seems that this government doesn't even know the meaning of the word chancellor,' he added.
I don't know if M Carter knows the meaning of the word petulant, but he certainly does not know the meaning of the word plot.
23 as being an important sign leading up to doomsday, some people might be interested to know the meaning of the word.
But who can blame him for losing his rag with a brood of kids who don't know the meaning of the word boundary?
The EU does not even know the meaning of the word "no", as demonstrated by the Lisbon Treaty.
Gentle Beatrice struggle to cope with defeat in a tug-of-war, asking her friends if they know the meaning of the word 'competitive', and there is romance in the playground.
But they probably don't even know the meaning of the word.
It seems that either Mr Maton has not visited it either or does not know the meaning of the word "green".
It's not that they set out to tell lies, they just don't know the meaning of the word truth.