- know where one stands,
- know which side of one's bread is buttered,
Origin of know-nothing
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Such revelations seem like the dream come true of know-nothing anti-Catholicism.
Predictably enough, a certain brand of know-nothing militarist sees the need for yet another war.
Now the Russians recognize that Obama will be very different from his know-nothing predecessor.
To be sure, patriot-Americans are not know-nothing nativists or backwater rubes, nor are post-Americans traitors.
One factor which greatly baffled the calculations and forecast of politicians was the Know-Nothing or American party.Abraham Lincoln, A History, Volume 2|John George Nicolay and John Hay
In my part of the state there are no Know-Nothing organizations of whose members I have any knowledge.The Life of Lyman Trumbull|Horace White
Only the nomination of a Know-Nothing candidate complicated the issues which were thus drawn.Stephen A. Douglas|Allen Johnson
Seems as if there was something the matter with you, beyond what that know-nothing doctor said.Reels and Spindles|Evelyn Raymond
The "Know-Nothing" movement was a sort of political carnival, half jest, half earnest, and good for that trip only.
"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.