not know (any) better

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not know (any) better

1. To not have the knowledge or development to behave correctly or make an informed decision. Don't get so mad at him for writing on the walls—he's two, he doesn't know any better.
2. To not have (contradictory) information about something. Used in the construction "if I didn't know (any) better" to sarcastically or ironically suggest that something is probably or obviously the case. If I didn't know better, I'd be inclined to believe that these megacorporations don't actually care two figs about consumers. Say, if I didn't know any better, I'd think you were actually enjoying yourself, just like I said you would!
See also: better, know, not

not know any ˈbetter

not behave well, politely, etc. because you have never learned how to: You can’t blame him for his bad table manners; he doesn’t know any better.
See also: any, better, know, not
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Even then Abu Hussein did not know better than to bark in reply.
The lawmaker also chided Solicitor General Jose Calida for saying the petitioners do not know better than President Duterte and the majority of lawmakers who approved the request for a year-long extension of martial law.
The terse words are shattering to a teenager who did not know better or cared less.
If you did not know better, you would think the Dafabet Cup was in some way significant.
that Corey Taylor ironically sees himself being classified as belonging in that 'Pop Bubble' for some reason by people who do not know better.
If I did not know better I would suspect that the Americans wanted to eliminate IS for the same reason they got rid of Saddam -- to ensure that Iraqis could not push prices down whenever they felt like it.
If I did not know better, I would surmise that transhumanism is a clumsy project to fabricate a religion that has been cleansed of religious thought.
NIGEL Farage yesterday said he felt sorry for a UKIP activist who used the word "Chinky" and sneered that the "council house boy"did not know better.
Also, the pseudo-learned men who take leadership and prominent positions, issuing Fatwa and occupying high positions in different media organisations, manage to misinform some of those who follow them and do not know better.
It is sad, insensitive and arrogant in 2014 for seasoned Christian conservative leadership to not know better than to keep company with a noted misogynist and bigot, no matter how fervent his love of guns and the Constitution.
These things happen because individuals do not know better, and social media has risks that need to be understood.
To those who do not know better, Frank Norris, Theodore Drieser, and Richard Wright are icons of naturalism, proponents of accurate, unvarnished representation, and champions of the good fight.
Mark Garnier (Con Wyre Forest) said: "Anyone listening to the debate who did not know better would imagine there was no life outside the south east.
We may or may not know better today whether Stafford's design 50 years ago deserved the national accolades it received.
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