know-all

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n know-all someone who thinks he knows everything and refuses to accept advice or information from others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Only 55 percent of all Americans know that the sun is a star
    • n Know-all One who knows everything; hence, one who makes pretension to great knowledge; a wiseacre; a know-it-all; -- usually ironical.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Let us look at the possible origin of 'banana'. 'ba', in Egyptian mythology is the soul. 'Nana', as we all know, is another word for grandmother. So, is a banana, the grandmother of the soul?
    • n know-all One who knows or professes to know everything; a wiseacre: generally used ironically.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nobody knows who built the Taj Mahal. The names of the architects, masons, and designers that have come down to us have all proved to be latter-day inventions, and there is no evidence to indicate who the real creators were.
    • Know-all one who thinks he knows everything
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “No man knows less than the man who knows it all”
  • J. R. Tolkien
    J. R. Tolkien
    “I wish life was not so short, he thought. languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.”
  • Julius Robert Oppenheimer
    Julius Robert Oppenheimer
    “The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds; the pessimist knows it.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
    Woodrow%20T.%20Wilson
    “All things come to him who waits -- provided he knows what he is waiting for.”
  • James Thurber
    James%20Thurber
    “It's better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”

Idioms

Know where all the bodies are buried - Someone who by virtue of holding a position of trust with an organization for a long period of time has come to know many of the secrets that others in more powerful positions would rather be kept secret knows where the bodies are buried. An implication is that the person knowing these secrets will use that knowledge to secure something of value for him- or herself.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cnáwan; Ice. kná, L. noscĕre for gnoscere, Gr. gignōskein.

Usage

In literature:

Don't I know all about it?
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
I know all about this stuff, all there is to know.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
I want to know all about Mexico.
"Ahead of the Army" by W. O. Stoddard
Mother knows all about nerves and things.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
Living with and watching Cousin Katherine, I have come to know all that side of things at its very finest.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
I know all about you, my master, and no mistake!
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
If you have read the letters you know all the rest.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
You know all de property and all the niggers belonged to old mis'.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
You come and try, Mr. Newton, and then you'll know all about it.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
It is all very well to know all that musty stuff, but there are times when it is fifty times better to be full of nonsense.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
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In poetry:

My soul rejoices, Lord! to know
I dwell beneath Thy care;
And wheresoe'er I chance to go,
The all-present Friend is there.
"Traveller's Hymn" by John Bowring
When you, dear nymph, have suffer'd all
Your share of earthly woe;
O may that portion be as small
As mortal e'er may know!
"The Halcyon" by William Hayley
Love, that all men think they know,
Is a rare guest here below;
But with mortals when it stays,
These are its unerring ways.
"A Rare Guest" by Alfred Austin
"And all around I hear the sound
Of Sherwood long ago,
And my merry men come back again,—
You know, sweet friend, you know!
"The Death Of Robin Hood" by Eugene Field
I know you not. And possibly
You're kind and moderate like all.
Maybe! May these be ravings all!
For only raving ones may be!
"Terminal Silhouette" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
Ah, were I courageous enough
To shout, Stuff your pension!
But I know, all too well, that's the stuff
That dreams are made on:
"Toads" by Philip Larkin

In news:

Apparently, we know all we're going to know about Demi Moore 's alleged trip to the emergency room.
The other women and men featured are all names we know, and some we need to know.
I know I know, the Twilight obsession may be worse than Justin Bieber and I know what you are all thinking.
Did we mention the woman was wearing only a bra up top and doesn't know all the lyrics to 'Firework' by Katy Perry.
I'm Carmen Jones (not my real name, obviously, but the 9 to 5 doesn't need to know all of my dirt).
Jim's sister, Sandy Stratton, 51, who lives in Connecticut, knows all about the disease's progression.
As an educator, I want to know all I can about what drives the students in my classroom, and I want to offer openness to my children's teachers.
Michelle Meece runs a nearby orphanage , she knows all the well the ongoing need.
He knows all too well what it's like to be paddled .
I made the bed today, so I know all will be OK.
We'll probably never know all the reasons that led Jim Larranaga to accept one of ACC basketball's worst coaching jobs: Miami.
As the host of her own Food Network show, a nutrition expert and mother of two boys, Robin Miller knows all too well the mealtime struggle many parents face.
You know all the biggest stars come out to Powerhouse so why wouldn't T.I.
Now if anyone out there knows me at all, they know I love my boys.
Miles Bruder knows all too well that significant heath-care policy reform in Louisiana isn't going to happen overnight.
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In science:

In the case of the PRW, knowing the probabilities pi and the lengths li of all the paths both in transmission and reflection, we are now in a position to study some of their statistical properties.
Modeling the propagation of a signal through a layered nanostructure: Connections between the statistical properties of waves and random walks
Once we know the solution of the graph dynamical equation (8), we can calculate the time tf where all edges are covered, hditf = 0, and integrate the last equation over the time interval [0, tf ].
Dynamics of heuristic optimization algorithms on random graphs
Indeed, in those cases, one knows all the maximal subgroups and it is quite easy to obtain our results.
Derangements in simple and primitive groups
All we need to know about it is contained in Proposition III.3.12 of .
A simple separable C*-algebra not isomorphic to its opposite algebra
All is required to do the calculation is to know the πq ¯q -coupling.
Pion Structure at High and Low Energies in Chiral Quark Models
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