know something backward and forward


know something backward and forward
know something backward and forward — see know, 1
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Main Entry:backward
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know something backward and forward — see know, 1
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Main Entry:forward
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know (something) backward and forward (or Brit know (something) backwards or know (something) inside out or US know (something) inside and out or know (something) like the back of your hand)
: to know something completely

He knew the process backward and forward.

She knows the business inside and out.

I know this town like the back of my hand.

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Main Entry:know

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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