you know

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you know

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see you,‎ know.
  2. (informal) Expression signifying a pause or hesitation.
    • 15 December, 2002, David Beckham on BBC Breakfast with Frost
      I don’t usually get nervous in games and, you know, taking free kicks and penalties but that’s the first time I’ve been that nervous in, in a game, where I have to, I’m in a situation where I’m, you know... - BBC Interview with David Beckham [1]
    • 2013, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight, spoken by Jesse (Ethan Hawke):
      Once, I remember, I was watching the twins on a trampoline, you know, and they looked so beautiful, and I was happy because they were happy, you know.
    • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      You know, Pete, I am new to D.C. The city is big. — Yeah. But you learn a little more every day.
      (file)
  3. (informal) Expression used to imply meaning, rather than say it, such as when a person is embarrassed.
    A: I heard you want to do that thing with me.
    B: Do what?
    A: You know... umm...
    B: Oh, do you mean sex?
    A: Yeah... that.
  4. (informal) Used as a rhetorical question to confirm agreement, knowing or understanding at the end of a statement.
    But I guess that's life, you know?
    I just wasn't into it, you know?
    • 1899 Feb, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, page 198:
      This was already a fresh departure for me. I was not used to get things that way, you know.

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