be none the wiser

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be none the wiser

1. To not be aware of something (typically because others have kept it a secret). I came in after curfew last night, but it's OK because I was so quiet that my parents are none the wiser.
2. To not understand something, even after receiving explanations and information about it. My tutor has explained the quadratic equation to me many times, but I'm still none the wiser.
See also: none, wiser

be none (or not any) the wiser

know no more than before.
See also: none, wiser

be none the ˈwiser/ˈno wiser


not be any the ˈwiser

1 not understand something, even after it has been explained to you: I’ve read the instructions, but I’m still none the wiser.
2 not know or find out about something bad that somebody has done: If you put the money back, no one will be any the wiser.
See also: no, none, wiser
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Hopefully, it will bring punters more joy than Sky Sports' Mike Atherton, who was none the wiser which side was heads and which tails - the medal has a batsman on one face and a bowler on the other.
My bookmaker was none the wiser, so I decided to investigate and discovered that the Irish Placepot pays four places in races with more than 15 runners, including in non-handicaps.
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Thankfully, the little girl was none the wiser because she slept through it all.