the foggiest notion

the foggiest notion

A basic, vague, or rudimentary knowledge or understanding (about something). Often used in negative constructions. A: "Do you know where the car keys are?" B: "I haven't the foggiest notion. Sorry." Do you have the foggiest notion how much this mistake is going to cost the company? Even though I could speak a little Japanese, I could only pretend to have the foggiest notion what the woman was talking about.
See also: foggy, notion
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Thus, after Operation Barbarossa faltered and the United States entered the war, neither Hitler nor his military advisors had the foggiest notion of how to proceed.
Marc, who writes 13,500 clues per year and has created 30,000 puzzles, has promised the first 10 people to crack the clues a free copy of his new book, The Foggiest Notion.
Marc, who writes 13,500 clues per year and has created 30,000 puzzles, has promised the first 10 people to crack the crossword a free copy of his new book, The Foggiest Notion.
Sometimes insurers make additional insured coverage contingent on an "insured contract" and do not have the foggiest notion why.
Bush, for saying in May of 2008 that "the data are pretty clear that we are not in a recession." When the "Wall Street meltdown" happened, Lazear "did not have the foggiest notion of why it happened."
This was an early lesson in self-soothing but the majority of adults haven't the foggiest notion how to constructively soothe or nurture themselves.
I hadn't the foggiest notion that the town was the birthplace of rugby league and I'd never heard of Castle Hill or Emley Moor Mast.
Mavis is blissfully unaware of the issues facing other folk but hasn't the foggiest notion that she's heading towards self-destruction.
I had no idea what to make of that, mostly because I have only the foggiest notion of what being a "guest editor" entails.
As a result, many students do not have even the foggiest notion of how to study.
The dealer selling it didn't have the foggiest notion what it was and didn't realise she was selling one of the oldest items in the fair, as this terracotta head is around 1500 years old.
But I have to confess the odd moment of enjoyment at its charm, a fascination with how these dancers feel performing with big mice heads and whether any of the children had the foggiest notion that they were listening to some of Tchaikovsky's loveliest ballet music.
Of course, many people living outside of cranberry-growing regions have never seen a cranberry harvest, nor have the foggiest notion how the berries are grown.
When she laid all those numbers in front of me, I didn't have the foggiest notion of what it was all about.
On the flip side, many artists haven't the foggiest notion on how to run a business or promote themselves.