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  • n. Plural form of know-all.


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  • This was, after all, Duckworth-Lewis: know-alls of the rain break, the eminent mathematicians who have been granted the last word in cricketing what-might-have-been since the institution of their system for deciding incomplete matches by the International Cricket Council in 1996.

    Being Duckworth-Lewis: cricket's weather-break mathematicians

  • But then again, I'm a paid-up member of the awkward squad, and I don't let know-alls get to me.

    Unthinkable? Banishing breastfeeding guilt | Editorial

  • You may wonder that I got in such a taking over one pompous windbag spouting claptrap; usually I just sit and sneer when the know-alls start prating on behalf of the poor oppressed heathen, sticking a barb in 'em as opportunity serves-why, I've absolutely heard 'em lauding the sepoy mutineers as honest patriots, and I haven't even bothered to break wind by way of dissent.


  • I've heard it asked since (at a safe distance) by the usual valiant know-alls, and the answer is because my old chief Robert Lee knew his business, that's why, and wasn't about to waste lives, and risk the hostages, by brawling in the dark when he could wait until daylight - and until the spirits of those in the engine-house were that much lower, and possibly open to reason.


  • Much derided by the know-alls and almost completely ignored by the media clever-dicks and the political wannabes, who would much rather expend their energies on scoring the weekly jousts which go under the name of Prime Minister's Questions PMQs, these represent an important safety valve in the system and a very direct mechanism for flagging up neglected issues.

    What are we fighting for?

  • Mr. CONQUEST: Well, they wanted -- I think -- depending on -- they weren't know-alls, if you know what I mean.

    Reflections on a Ravaged Century

  • Certain doctors do not suffer gladly middle-class know-alls.

    a better woman

  • And in 1959 one of those numerous know-alls who write to the Times said that John Peckham, a thirteenth century Archbishop of Canterbury, tells the same story in a letter written in Latin.

    Author unknown

  • Because we were Christians, and supposed to know better? — and because England contains this great crowd of noisy know-alls that are forever defending our enemies 'behaviour and crying out in pious horror against our own.

    Flashman In The Great Game

  • In doing this, I must take up the defensive as well as offensive alike against a large per cent of people, outside of the Negro race, who set themselves up as an authority on all questions affecting the Negro, and, mark you, from their decision there is no appeal; as also against the _know-alls_ within the ranks of the race.

    Twentieth Century Negro Literature Or, A Cyclopedia of Thought on the Vital Topics Relating to the American Negro


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