Definition of have been known to do something in English:

have been known to do something

phrase

  • Have occasionally in the past done something.

    ‘the fans have been known to rain bottles, cans, and seats on players who displease them’
    • ‘Don't get me wrong I love a good drink and am a social smoker and in the past have been known to smoke cannabis.’
    • ‘In terms of exercise, I do a lot of walking and have been known to go for a run.’
    • ‘Even I have been known to go to the fair (though usually I have to be dragged there by someone).’
    • ‘She has been known to make the occasional left-wing statement, and is cosy with Bill Clinton.’
    • ‘What I managed to avoid doing was panic and start talking really fast as I have been known to do in the past.’
    • ‘They can be quite vicious and have been known to attack humans if threatened.’
    • ‘They feed on smaller birds and rodents but have been known to go for cats and small dogs as well.’
    • ‘I like puzzles and have been known to buy the occasional puzzle magazine.’
    • ‘I generally wear comfortable clothes for DJ-ing, although I have been known to turn up for gigs in a suit.’
    • ‘Even the best of our past leaders have been known to falter on this very question.’