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    not know ones arse from ones elbow

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Don’t ask Algernon for any advice over your financial affairs – he doesn’t know his arse from elbow.

    not know one’s arse from one’s elbow = I don’t know a thing , I haven’t the faintest idea of, doesn'tknow chalk from cheese, doesn't know B from a battledore

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: not know ones arse from ones elbow

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Dont ask Algernon for any advice over your financial affairs he doesnt know his arse from elbow.

    not know ones arse from ones elbow = I dont know a thing , I havent the faintest idea of, doesn'tknow chalk from cheese, doesn't know B from a battledore

    V.
    Yes,though I am not familiar with the expression I have underlined.

    By the way, in order to avoid offending the tender-hearted, it's probably better to write arse as a**e in the subject line of your thread.

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