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know-how

[ noh-hou ]
/ ˈnoʊˌhaʊ /
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noun
knowledge of how to do something; faculty or skill for a particular activity; expertise: Designing a computer requires a lot of know-how.
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Origin of know-how

1830–40, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase know how
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British Dictionary definitions for know-how

know-how

noun informal
ingenuity, aptitude, or skill; knack
commercial and saleable knowledge of how to do a particular thing; experience
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