know a thing or two


know a thing or two
1) знать, понимать что к чему, быть себе на уме; видать виды, быть человеком сведущим, бывалым (тж. know how many beans make five, know one's way about (амер. around), know the time of day, know what's o'clock или what's what)

I had so much claret... I did not much know what was what. (W. Thackeray, ‘Lovel, the Widower’, ch. V) — я выпил столько кларету... что почти ничего не соображал.

Ted... knocked about a bit and knew a thing or two. (J. B. Priestley, ‘The Good Companions’, book I, ch. I) — Тед... изрядно побродил по свету. Он, как говорится, видал виды.

‘You talk like you do know your way around.’ ‘I've had a little experience,’ he said. (E. Caldwell, ‘Journeyman’, ch. VIII) — - Ты рассуждаешь, как бывалый человек. - У меня есть небольшой жизненный опыт, - сказал Саймон.

A: "For a young man, he's one of the smartest fellows I've ever met." B: "You're right! He certainly knows the time of day more than a bit, does that young fellow." (SPI) — А: "Он один из самых умных молодых людей, которых я когда-либо встречал." Б.: "Вы правы. Ума ему не занимать стать."

2) (about smth.) быть осведомлённым, сведущим в чём-л., знать толк в чём-л.; ≈ собаку съел на чём-л. (тж. know what's what about smth.)

Algy: "If I may say it without vanity, I do know a thing or two about frocks." (W. S. Maugham, ‘Smith’, act I) — Элджи: "Могу сказать без ложной скромности, я знаю толк в нарядах."

We know a thing or two about financing plays now. (W. S. Maugham, ‘Theatre’, ch. VIII) — Мы очень неплохо разбираемся в вопросах финансирования театральных постановок.

He had a lot of common sense and he knew a thing or two about human nature. (W. S. Maugham, ‘Up at the Villa’, ch. IX) — Здравый смысл - сильная сторона Сэма Джонсона, он к тому же знаток человеческой души.

For this particular case, we need a lawyer who really knows what's what about... (HAI) — Для участия в этом процессе нам нужен юрист, который на законах собаку съел...


Большой англо-русский фразеологический словарь. - М.: «Русский язык-Медиа».. 2006.

Смотреть что такое "know a thing or two" в других словарях:

  • know a thing or two — (informal) To be shrewd • • • Main Entry: ↑thing …   Useful english dictionary

  • know a thing or two — informal to have a lot of practical skills and knowledge learnt through experience. My uncle grew up on a farm and knows a thing or two about looking after animals. (usually + about) …   New idioms dictionary

  • know a thing or two — know something about, be quite familiar with …   English contemporary dictionary

  • know a thing or two about — {v. phr.} To be experienced in; have a fairly considerable knowledge of. * /Tom has dealt with many foreign traders; he knows a thing or two about stocks and bonds./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • know a thing or two about — {v. phr.} To be experienced in; have a fairly considerable knowledge of. * /Tom has dealt with many foreign traders; he knows a thing or two about stocks and bonds./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • know\ a\ thing\ or\ two\ about — v. phr. To be experienced in; have a fairly considerable knowledge of. Tom has dealt with many foreign traders; he knows a thing or two about stocks and bonds …   Словарь американских идиом

  • know somebody a thing or two (about somebody) — know/tell sb a ˈthing or two (about sb/sth) idiom (informal) to know/tell sb some useful, interesting or surprising information about sb/sth • She s been married five times, so she knows a thing or two about men! Main entry: ↑thingidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • know somebody a thing or two (about something) — know/tell sb a ˈthing or two (about sb/sth) idiom (informal) to know/tell sb some useful, interesting or surprising information about sb/sth • She s been married five times, so she knows a thing or two about men! Main entry: ↑thingidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • a thing or two — phrasal : something worth knowing or telling : something proving equality or superiority in knowledge knows a thing or two about finance also : words of blunt advice or reproach if he does it again I ll certainly tell him a thing or two * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) thing or two — [show/teach/tell etc.] (someone) a thing or two know a thing or two to have a lot of practical skills and knowledge learnt through experience. Julie now she could teach you a thing or two about dealing with men. (usually + about) …   New idioms dictionary

  • tell somebody a thing or two (about somebody) — know/tell sb a ˈthing or two (about sb/sth) idiom (informal) to know/tell sb some useful, interesting or surprising information about sb/sth • She s been married five times, so she knows a thing or two about men! Main entry: ↑thingidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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