know one's way around

know one's way around
1. and know one's way about Lit. to know how to get from place to place. •

I can find my way. I know my way around.

I don't know my way around this city yet.

2. Fig. to know how to deal with people and situations; to have had much experience at living. •

I can get along in the world. I know my way around.

Do you think I don't know my way around?

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or[know one's way about] {v. phr.} 1. To understand how things happen in the world; he experienced in the ways of the world. * /The sailor had been in the wildest ports in the world. He knew his way around./ Compare: HAVE BEEN AROUND. 2. or {informal}[know one's onions] or[know one's stuff] To have experience and skill in an activity. * /Before trying to make any pottery, it is better to get advice from someone who knows his stuff in ceramics./ Compare: DRY BEHIND THE EARS.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • know one's way around — or[know one s way about] {v. phr.} 1. To understand how things happen in the world; he experienced in the ways of the world. * /The sailor had been in the wildest ports in the world. He knew his way around./ Compare: HAVE BEEN AROUND. 2. or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • know\ one's\ way\ around — • know one s way around • know one s way about v. phr. 1. To understand how things happen in the world; he experienced in the ways of the world. The sailor had been in the wildest ports in the world. He knew his way around. Compare: have been… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • know one's way around — be familiar with (an area, procedure, or subject) …   Useful english dictionary

  • know\ one's\ way\ about — • know one s way around • know one s way about v. phr. 1. To understand how things happen in the world; he experienced in the ways of the world. The sailor had been in the wildest ports in the world. He knew his way around. Compare: have been… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • learn one's way around — See: KNOW ONE S WAY AROUND …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • learn one's way around — See: KNOW ONE S WAY AROUND …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • learn\ one's\ way\ around — See: know one s way around …   Словарь американских идиом

  • know\ one's\ onions — See: know one s way around(2) …   Словарь американских идиом

  • know\ one's\ stuff — See: know one s way around(2) …   Словарь американских идиом

  • way — n. path, route 1) to blaze, clear, pave, prepare; smoothe the way for (to pave the way for reform) 2) to take the (easy) way (out of a difficult situation) 3) to lead; point, show the way 4) to edge; elbow; fight; force; hack; jostle; make;… …   Combinatory dictionary

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