What does (one) know?(redirected from what do they know)
what do I know
Used to emphasize that what was just said is merely a guess or assumption. (Sometimes used sarcastically.) If I had to take a guess, I'd say that the fan belt is loose. But I'm not a mechanic, so what do I know? If the country keeps trading at such unprofitable rates, there's no way we'll be out of this recession in the next five years. But what do I know, I'm only the top economist in the Midwest.
What does (one) know?
A rhetorical question meant to indicate that one's opinion or claim isn't trustworthy, believable, or welcome. Sometimes used ironically or sarcastically. A: "You really shouldn't be eating so much red meat." B: "Ah, what do you know? Red meat helps make you strong!" A: "All the healthcare experts out there say babies ought to be breastfed exclusively." B: "Bah, what do they know? My siblings and I were all bottle fed, and we turned out just fine." So, what, you think I'm wrong about climate change because of some article you read on Facebook? I mean, I only have a PhD in climatology, what do I know?"
What do you know (about that)?
Inf. That is very interesting. Tom: I heard that Jim and Mary are getting married. Jane: Well! What do you know about that? What do you know? Bill finally sold his house!
What do you know?
Inf. a typical inquiry on greeting someone. (A specific answer is not expected. Often pronounced "Wha-da-ya know?") Bob: Hey, Tom! What do you know? Tom: Look who's here! Hi, Bob! John: What do you know? Mary: Nothing. How are you? John: Okay.
what do you know
What a surprise, as in What do you know, our suitcases are the first off the plane. [Early 1900s]