if you must know

Definition of if you must know

used when one is answering a question that one does not want to answer because the information is personal, embarrassing, etc.
  • "Why did you leave that job?" "If you must know, I was fired."

Word by Word Definitions

you play
  1. : the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

  2. : one

must play
  1. : be commanded or requested to

  2. : be urged to : ought by all means to

  3. : be compelled by physical necessity to : be required by immediate or future need or purpose to

  1. : an imperative need or duty : requirement

  2. : an indispensable item : essential

  1. : the expressed juice of fruit and especially grapes before and during fermentation

  1. : musk

  2. : mold, mustiness

know play
  1. : to perceive directly : have direct cognition of

  2. : to have understanding of

  3. : to recognize the nature of : discern

  1. : knowledge


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