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[noh-hou] /ˈnoʊˌhaʊ/
knowledge of how to do something; faculty or skill for a particular activity; expertise:
Designing a computer requires a lot of know-how.
Origin of know-how
1830-40, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase know how Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It's part of a smart gambler's knowhow to drop a few credits deliberately now and then.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • I only knowhow thoughts of you forever cling to me:I wonder how the seasons come and goBeyond the sapphire sea?

    Pulpit and Press Mary Baker Eddy
British Dictionary definitions for knowhow


noun (informal)
ingenuity, aptitude, or skill; knack
commercial and saleable knowledge of how to do a particular thing; experience
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for knowhow

also know-how, "technical expertise," 1838, American English, from know (v.) + how.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for knowhow



Skill, esp technical skill; practical competence: Takes know-how to run that thing (1838+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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