know which side one's bread is buttered on

Definition of know which side one's bread is buttered on

informal

  1. :  to know how to act or how to treat others in order to get what one want He pretends to be impartial, but believe me, he knows which side his bread is buttered on.

Word by Word Definitions

knowplay
  1. :  to perceive directly :  have direct cognition of

    :  to have understanding of

    :  to recognize the nature of :  discern

  1. :  knowledge

sideplay
  1. :  the right or left part of the wall or trunk of the body

    :  one of the halves of the animal body on either side of the median plane

    :  one longitudinal half of a hide

  1. :  situated on the side

    :  of or relating to the side

    :  directed toward or from the side

  1. :  to agree with :  support

    :  to be side by side with

    :  to set or put aside :  clear away

  1. :  swaggering or arrogant manner :  pretentiousness

breadplay
  1. :  a usually baked and leavened food made of a mixture whose basic constituent is flour or meal

    :  food, sustenance

    :  livelihood

  1. :  to cover with bread crumbs

butterplay buttered
  1. :  a solid emulsion of fat globules, air, and water made by churning milk or cream and used as food

    :  a buttery substance: such as

    :  any of various fatty oils remaining nearly solid at ordinary temperatures

  1. :  to spread with or as if with butter


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