know better

know better
know better
To be wiser, better instructed (than to do this or that)
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Main Entry:know

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know better — see know, 1
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Main Entry:better
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know better
1 : to be smart or sensible enough not to do something

You walked home alone? Don't you know better (than that)?

She'll know better than to trust them again. [=she will not trust them again]

There's no excuse for his behavior. He's old enough to know better.

Don't blame him. He's just a child and he doesn't know (any) better. [=he is too young, inexperienced, etc., to be expected to behave properly]

2 : to know or understand the truth about something

She tried to tell me that it wasn't her fault, but I know better. [=I know that it really was her fault]

3 : to know or understand more than other people

You can't tell him what to do. He always thinks that he knows better.

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Main Entry:know

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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