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know best

To have more knowledge and experience about something than anyone else. You should listen to her advice—after all, Mother knows best. As the person who designed the entire system, I think I know best about how to protect our users.
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know ˈbest

know what should be done in a situation because you have knowledge and/or experience: ‘I want to get up.’ ‘But the doctor said you were to stay in bed, and he knows best.’Everyone said that I shouldn’t go there alone but I thought I knew best.
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Vholes, self-contained as usual, voice and all, "it is a part of my professional duty to know best. It is a part of my professional duty to study and to understand a gentleman who confides his interests to me.
To this, Mrs Nickleby only replied that she durst say she was very stupid, indeed she had no doubt she was, for her own children almost as much as told her so, every day of her life; to be sure she was a little older than they, and perhaps some foolish people might think she ought reasonably to know best. However, no doubt she was wrong; of course she was; she always was, she couldn't be right, she couldn't be expected to be; so she had better not expose herself any more; and to all Kate's conciliations and concessions for an hour ensuing, the good lady gave no other replies than Oh, certainly, why did they ask HER?, HER opinion was of no consequence, it didn't matter what SHE said, with many other rejoinders of the same class.
Trundle ought to know best how she felt herself, to which Mrs.
Yes of course mum SHOULD know best regarding her children 'Mum hits out at those who claim to know best' (Letters, May 3).
Among the plaintiffs: Greenpeace; the Council on American-Islamic Relations; the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Hoover Institution scholar Larry Diamond, who studies democratic development around the world; James Bamford, author of books on the NSA; and pro-war pundit Christopher Hitchens, who in a statement submitted with the suit bridled at "being asked to trust the state to know best" when the "agencies entrusted with our protection have repeatedly been shown, before and after the fall of 2001, to be conspicuous for their incompetence and venality." A government response to the suit was expected by late March, with hearings likely to follow in April or May.
Although Abbott demonstrably knows best for herself, she purports to know best for parents who must send their children to Labour's local authority-controlled sink schools.
The Self Cooling Animated Bottle could spell the end for those wine poseurs who claim to know best.
That assertion has just been unmasked as specious by the people who ought to know best: the staff at Columbine High.
Both Reaganism and the welfare state trusted corporate management to know best and to manage best, but those managers cared more about short term profits than long term investment, leaving this nation vulnerable to better-managed foreign competitors and cheap labor havens in the Third World.