the next thing I knew

Definition of the next thing I knew

used to say that something happened right after something else
  • I slipped, and the next thing I knew, I was lying face up on the ground.

Word by Word Definitions

next play
  1. : immediately adjacent (as in place, rank, or time)

  2. : any other considered hypothetically

  1. : nearest or adjacent to

  1. : in the time, place, or order nearest or immediately succeeding

  2. : on the first occasion to come

  1. : one that is next

thing play
  1. : an object or entity not precisely designated or capable of being designated

  2. : an inanimate object distinguished from a living being

  3. : a separate and distinct individual quality, fact, idea, or usually entity

  1. : the 9th letter of the English alphabet

  2. : a graphic representation of this letter

  3. : a speech counterpart of orthographic i

  1. imaginary unit

  1. : the one who is speaking or writing — compare me, mine, my, we

  1. : someone aware of possessing a personal individuality : self

  1. iodine

  1. used as a connective vowel to join word elements especially of Latin origin

knew
  1. : past tense of know


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