[ noh-hou ]
/ ˈnoʊˌhaʊ /
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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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How to use know-how in a sentence
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 know-how
ingenuity, aptitude, or skill; knack
commercial and saleable knowledge of how to do a particular thing; experience
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