know backward and forward


know backward and forward
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

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  • know — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To possess information] Syn. be aware of, be cognizant of, be acquainted with, be informed, be in possession of the facts, have knowledge of, be schooled in, be read in, be learned in, be versed in, be conversant with, be… …   English dictionary for students

  • know — v 1. comprehend, realize, Inf. get through one s head, Inf. have the hang of, grasp, Inf. lay hold of, Inf. catch on, Sl. latch onto, Inf. get a fix on, Inf. get it, Inf. have it; understand, fathom, penetrate, Sl. savvy; discern, make out, Inf.… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • backward — backward, backwards 1. For the adverb, both forms are in use, although backward is somewhat more common in AmE and backwards in BrE: • Talk ran backward from the events of the morning A. Munro, CanE 1987 • I walked backward to look at her in the… …   Modern English usage

  • know something backward — (and forward) be entirely familiar with something …   Useful english dictionary

  • backward — back|ward1 [ bækwərd ] adjective * 1. ) only before noun moving or looking in the direction that is behind you: a backward glance 2. ) not developing quickly, normally, and successfully: a remote and backward region a ) OLD FASHIONED an offensive …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • backward — adjective 1 (only before noun) made in a direction towards what is behind you: She went without a backward glance. 2 developing slowly and less successfully than most others: some of the more backward countries | a backward child compare forward… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • forward — for|ward1 W1S1 [ˈfo:wəd US ˈfo:rwərd] adv also forwards [ wədz US wərdz] 1.) towards a place or position that is in front of you ≠ ↑backwards ▪ He leaned forward , his elbows resting on the table. ▪ The crowd surged forwards. ▪ She took another… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • forward — 1 adverb 1 also forwards towards a place or position that is in front of you: He leaned forward slightly to try to hear what they were saying. | The crowd surged forwards. 2 towards greater progress, improvement, or development: The building of… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • To and again — To To (?, emphatic or alone, ?, obscure or unemphatic), prep. [AS. t[=o]; akin to OS. & OFries. t[=o], D. toe, G. zu, OHG. zuo, zua, z[=o], Russ. do, Ir. & Gael. do, OL. do, du, as in endo, indu, in, Gr. ?, as in ? homeward. [root]200. Cf. {Too} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English