know best

idiom

: to know or understand better than someone else what should be done
I would take the highway myself, but you live here so you know best.

Examples of know best in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Children may receive the news differently, but parents generally know best how to deliver it. Amber Ferguson, Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2024 Photo: Ting Shen for The Wall Street Journal The process to inspect the audits of U.S. public companies needs an upgrade, according to some of the people who should know best—former inspectors who did the work over the last two decades. Mark Maurer, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2023 The stories of those acts people know best—the Andrews Sisters or Everly Brothers or Jackson 5, for example—have often involved years of individual members trying to establish musical identities outside of the family setup. Barry Mazor, WSJ, 4 July 2023 Our giving should reflect our understanding of this through donating money to the professionals who know best how to help the people most impacted. Patricia McIlreavy, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2023 People know best what elements matter to other people. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 26 Oct. 2021 There’s a reason, according to the brother who waged all those backyard battles and would know best. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021 The people who know best are those working in the department. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Mother doesn't always know best — just ask Shakira. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, 29 June 2021

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“Know best.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/know%20best. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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