One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Not know or be completely unable to recognize the person in question.
- ‘I don't know her from Adam, for starters, and from what I've heard about her, we wouldn't get on all that well.’
- ‘There's nothing more transparent than a politician smiling and greeting you like a long lost friend when you know well he doesn't know you from Adam.’
- ‘Complete strangers will pour their hearts out because I don't know them from Adam.’
- ‘I don't know Polly from Adam, but the commercial annoys me every time it's on - which is a lot.’
- ‘If you bank in the high street the person behind the counter doesn't know you from Adam.’
- ‘They didn't know me from Adam but they were so kind and considerate and generous despite their grief.’
- ‘And despite the fact that he doesn't know me from Adam, he is prepared to trust me with all that money.’
- ‘They know that they are in no danger of us gossiping or running with tales to their family or friends, as in most cases we don't know them from Adam.’
- ‘They don't know us from Adam yet they've done all this for us.’
- ‘Or are you just a number at the end of a telephone talking to a glorified clerk who doesn't know you from Adam and is merely looking at some numbers on a computer screen?’
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