none the wiser


none the wiser
none the wiser spoken phrase
used for saying that you do not know or understand something, even after you have tried to find out about it, or after someone has tried to explain it

We’re still none the wiser about the future of our jobs.

Thesaurus: ways of saying that you do not know or understandsynonym
Main entry: wise

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none the wiser (or not any the wiser)
1 : not knowing or understanding anything more about something

The investigation has been going on for months, and we're still none the wiser about the true cause of the accident. [=we still don't know anything more about the true cause]

— used to describe someone who is not at all aware of something that has happened

I borrowed his car and returned it, and he was none the wiser. [=he did not know that I had borrowed his car]

We left early, and no one was any the wiser. [=no one noticed that we had left]

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Main Entry:wise

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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