Definition of be in the know in English:

be in the know


  • Be aware of something known only to a few people.

    ‘he had a tip from a friend in the know: the horse was a cert’
    • ‘Well, I used to pride myself as being in the know but I have heard nothing about this idea.’
    • ‘In today's information-based society, there are few things more infuriating than not being in the know.’
    • ‘I figured everyone else was in the know so I didn't want to come across as an idiot by having to ask.’
    • ‘But we don't really learn anything about how the fraud was committed, when it began, and who else was in the know apart from Mr Sullivan and Mr Myers.’
    • ‘Essentially, one needs to be in the know to make the most of Berlin's nightlife.’
    • ‘But you have to be in the know to have access to the best-kept secret in showbiz.’
    • ‘For those of you not hip enough to be in the know, Nu Metal is the name of a new type of ‘extreme’ music that the kids are listening to these days.’
    • ‘She had learned to appear as if she were in the know even if she was utterly lost.’
    • ‘Canadian fans have been in the know about this band for years, but it's time for us to learn how to share.’
    • ‘Speak to any number of cricketing pundits who claim to be in the know, and they will all maintain that it was Ian Chappell, and his team of the 1970s, who started the dreadful business of sledging.’