know-how

[ noh-hou ]
/ ˈnoʊˌhaʊ /

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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Example sentences from the Web for know-how

  • 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

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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