Learn useful idioms about knowledge in English with meaning and examples.
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- 1 Knowledge is power
- 2 Learn the ropes
- 3 Can’t make heads or tails of
- 4 Burning the midnight oil/ pull an all-nighter
- 5 Know something backwards and forwards
- 6 Doing your homework
- 7 Under one’s belt
- 8 Two heads are better than one
- 9 Pick his brain
- 10 Great minds think alike
- 11 As far as anyone knows
- 12 To the best of your belief/knowledge
Knowledge is power
- Meaning: The more someone knows, the more equipped that person is.
- Example: Knowledge is power. If you know something about the past, it may help you to anticipate the future.
Learn the ropes
- Meaning: To learn or understand the basic details of how todo or perform a job, task, or activity.
- Example: We have a few high-priority projects we need to get done now, so you’ll need to learn the ropes on your own.
Can’t make heads or tails of
- Meaning: Failing to understand or confused about something.
- Example: I’ve been working with the new software for hours, but I still can’t make heads or tails out of it.
Burning the midnight oil/ pull an all-nighter
- Meaning: Used by students to indicate late night/all night studies.
- Example: I’m going to have to pull an all-nighter if I’m going to get this term paper done in time for school tomorrow.
Useful idioms about knowledge in English
Know something backwards and forwards
- Meaning: To be an expert or intimately familiar with something
- Example: I’ve read this book so many times, I know it backwards.
Doing your homework
- Meaning: Literally, to complete school work that has beenassigned to be done at home.
- Example: You can’t watch any more television until you do your homework!
Under one’s belt
- Meaning: Safely or satisfactorily achieved, experienced, or acquired.
- Example: He now has almost a year as minister under his belt.
Two heads are better than one
- Meaning: Two people working together have a betterchance of solving a problem than one person working alone.
- Example: Come over here and help me balance my check book. Two heads are better than one.
Pick his brain
- Meaning: To obtain ideas or information from someone.
- Example: You should pick John’s brain sometime; he knows all about car engines.
Great minds think alike
- Meaning: Used when they have the same idea as someone else,to show that they think they are both clever.
- Example: I hear you gave Emma the same present as me — great minds think alike!
As far as anyone knows
- Meaning: To the limits of anyone’s knowledge.
- Example: As far as anyone knows, this is the last of the great herds of buffalo.
To the best of your belief/knowledge
- Meaning: As far as you know
- Example: He never made a will, to the best of my knowledge.