Instead, the know-nothings were briefly a force to be reckoned with.
But what to do about the determination of Tea Party know-nothings and those who think just like them?
They were also called the know-nothings, that's what they always said.
A secret society, also political, was formed here, known as the know-nothings.
The Americans or know-nothings everywhere put out in 1854 full tickets and showed at once surprising strength.
As a part of the history of the times, it may be proper to give the rise and progress of the so-called order of "know-nothings."
My old mate was substantially a man of truth; but he did love to astonish "know-nothings."
The know-nothings arose and disappeared, without accomplishing anything.
The know-nothings, likewise, though their number had been steadily melting away, had not entirely disappeared.
What do you mean, you know-nothings, by flattening the sail like that?
"ignoramus," 1827, from know + nothing. As a U.S. nativist political party, active 1853-56, the name refers to the secret society at the core of the party, about which members were instructed to answer, if asked about it, that they "know nothing." The party eventually merged into the Republican Party.
A party opposed to the holding of public office by immigrants or Roman Catholics. The Know-Nothings, also known as “nativists,” insisted that only true, “native” Americans should serve in the government. The party was quite successful in the 1850s but split over the slavery question. Its official name was the American party. It picked up the “Know-Nothing” tag because its members, maintaining secrecy about the party's activities, customarily answered questions with, “I know nothing.”
Note: Today, the term know-nothing is usually applied to bigots.