you know

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - you know

"you know"

used as a pause while speaking to allow time to think of what to say next


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - you know

"you know"

often used to check for understanding or agreement


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - you know

A mother and son are talking ...

Mother:  What happened to my electric mixer?

Son:  Well, I kinda borrowed it.

Mother:  What do you mean, "you borrowed it"?

Son:  Well, uh, you know, I asked if I could use it for my science fair experiment, and, well, you know, I did, but I had to take it apart and, you know, I couldn't quite, you know, get it back together again.

Mother:  I see.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - you know

A boss and employee are talking ...

Boss:  Where's my report?

Employee:  It's not quite ready yet, sir.

Boss:  Why is it not ready. You were to have had it on my desk this morning.

Employee:  I worked really hard and spent a lot of overtime but the report is really difficult, you know?

Boss:  Yes, I know how difficult the report is but I gave it to you because I have confidence in you.

you know - Usage:


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you know - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for you know.

you know - Examples:

1)  Heraclitus, you know, says that everything moves on and that nothing is at rest.

2)  Worse things happen at sea, you know.

3)  But, look, you know, when you're in this job I think that every president whose had it ...

4)  If you look at what they're going through in New York now, you know?

5)  ... are they aware of, of, of, of um, any, you know, distinction by nationality in the, in the granting of visas by the Government ...

6)  We walk our own journey, you know?

7)  Students in other majors had to, you know, actually study

8)  They've gone from rattling the saber to, you know, being doves carrying, you know, peace ...

9)  But he's... kind of a jerk, you know?

10)  ... to turn the economy around, and over the past, you know, 27 months we've created 4.5 million private sector jobs.

11)  ... well, it was exciting, but it was rushed, you know?

12)  ... it's when all the black holes have run dry and things get, you know, stupendously dull.

13)  And this is extremely damaging because this drone had, you know, thermal imaging cameras.

14)  He only stated that as a matter of, you know, 'class'.

15)  ... or it it will just, you know, slip their minds?

16)  Hey, you know, there's something wrong here.

17)  But, you know, I felt rich when I was 20 years old and my wife was paying ...

18)  ... these basic problems are, in a way, already solved, you know?

19)  As you said yourself, Steve, you know, I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years ...

20)  ... communication's a pretty big deal in a relationship, you know?