none the wiser


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none the wiser

1. Completely unaware of something (typically because others have kept it a secret). I know you're not supposed to take the car out while your parents are gone, but just fill up the tank before they come back and they'll be none the wiser.
2. Unable to understand or comprehend something, especially after receiving information or explanations about it. He explained it to me many times, but his lesson left me none the wiser. I've read the manual twice, but I'm still none the wiser as to how this is supposed to work.
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none the wiser

not knowing any more in spite of events or exposure to facts. I was none the wiser about black holes after the lecture. It was a complete waste of time. Anne tried to explain the situation tactfully to Bob, but in the end, he was none the wiser.
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none the wiser

Knowing no more than before, as in He tried to explain the tax structure, but in the end I was none the wiser. [Early 1800s]
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Time after time, the deadlines have passed and we're none the wiser.
The person I spoke to suggested that, if the foam had been in a black plastic bag, the bin men would have been none the wiser and the rubbish would have been taken away.
However, at the close of play everybody was still none the wiser.
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Yet all she could scrape out of our NHS was a belated appointment with a perplexed GP and a perfunctory blood test, the results of which made her none the wiser and have done nothing to ease our fears.