know something backward and forward

Definition of know something backward and forward

:to know something completely
  • He knew the process backward and forward.

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : to have understanding of

  3. : to recognize the nature of : discern

  1. : knowledge

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

backward play
  1. : toward the back or rear

  2. : with the back foremost

  3. : in a reverse or contrary direction or way

  1. : directed or turned toward the back

  2. : done or executed backward

  3. : diffident, shy

  1. : the part behind or past

forward play
  1. : near, being at, or belonging to the forepart

  2. : situated in advance

  3. : strongly inclined : ready

  1. : to or toward what is ahead or in front

  1. : to help onward : promote

  2. : to send forward : transmit

  3. : to send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit

  1. : a player who plays at the front the team's formation near the opponent's goal


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