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Ways of saying that you do not know or understand - thesaurus

Synonyms

not that I know of

spoken used for answering that you think something is not true, although you are not completely certain

don’t ask me

used for telling someone that you do not know the answer to their question when you are annoyed or surprised that they have asked you

your guess is as good as mine

used for telling someone that you know as little about something as they know

(that’s a) good question

used as a way of saying that you do not know something

I couldn’t tell you

used for saying that you do not know the answer to a question, especially when you do not want to be helpful

you may/might well ask

used for showing that you think someone’s question is difficult to answer

how should/do I know?

used for saying in an annoyed way that you do not know something

not for the life of me

used for emphasizing that you cannot remember or understand something at all

what is someone on about?

used when you do not understand what someone is talking about

who can say?

used for saying that no one knows the answer to a particular question or knows what will happen in the future

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beats me

used for saying that you do not know or understand something

buggered

adjective

Britishimpolite used for emphasizing that you do not know something

cannot make head(s) nor/or tail(s) of something

used for saying that you cannot understand something at all

can’t begin to imagine/understand/explain etc.

used for emphasizing that something is very difficult to imagine, understand, etc.

eh

interjection

informal used for showing that you do not understand what someone is saying, or that you are surprised by it

excuse my ignorance

used for asking a question that someone might expect you to know the answer to

for all I know

used for emphasizing that you do not know something

for better or (for) worse

used for showing that you do not know whether an action, situation, or change will have good or bad results

for reasons best known to himself/herself etc.

used for saying that you do not understand why someone does something

for some obscure reason

used for saying that you do not know the reason for something

for some reason

used for saying that you do not know why something happened, especially when you think there is no good reason for it

God/Goodness/Heaven knows

used for saying that you do not know something

God (only) knows

used for emphasizing that you do not know something

goodness (only) knows

used for emphasizing what you say, especially when you do not know something

heaven (only/alone) knows

spoken used for saying that you do not know something or cannot imagine it

how come?

used when you want to know why something has happened or why a particular situation exists

I don’t know

used for saying that you are not certain about something

I don’t rightly know/I can’t rightly say

used for saying that you are not certain whether something is true or not

I fail to see/understand

used for saying in an annoyed way that you do not understand something

if I live to be a hundred

used for emphasizing that you will never do, know, or understand something

I’ll/we’ll have to see

used for saying that you are not able to decide now

in his/her/their wisdom

used for emphasizing that you do not understand why someone has done something and you think it seems silly

it remains to be seen (whether/what/how)

used for saying that you cannot know yet if something will happen or be possible

it’s (all) Greek to me

used for saying that you do not understand something

it’s early in the day

used for saying that it is too soon to know whether someone or something will be successful

know/not know the meaning of something

used for emphasizing how much or how little you understand something

Lord (only) knows

used for emphasizing that you do not know something

neither fish nor fowl

used for saying that you do not know what something is

none the wiser

used for saying that you do not know or understand something, even after you have tried to find out about it, or after someone has tried to explain it

not have the faintest idea

used for emphasizing that you do not know or understand something

not have the foggiest (idea/notion)

used for emphasizing that you do not know anything at all about something

not hear/understand etc. a (single) word

used for emphasizing that someone does not hear/understand etc. anything that you say to them

not know what someone is talking about

used for saying that you do not understand what someone is referring to, even though you may really understand

not to my knowledge

used for answering that you think something is not true, although you are not completely certain

pass

verb

spoken used for saying that you do not know the answer to a question

search me

used for emphasizing that you do not know the answer to a question

someone can’t say (something)

a polite way of saying that you do not know something

someone can’t say (something)

used for saying that you do not have a particular opinion

something is anyone’s guess

used for saying that something is not known by anyone

we’ll have to see about that

spoken used for saying that you are not able to decide now

we’ll see

used for saying that you will decide later

what does someone want with something?

used for saying that you cannot understand why someone wants the thing mentioned

what is someone on?

used when you cannot understand why someone has done or said something

what’s so funny?

used for telling someone that you do not understand why they are laughing, and that you are slightly annoyed by it

what/who/where can...?

used when you cannot understand a situation and you are considering possible explanations

whoever someone is

used for referring to someone when you do not know who they are or what their name is

who knows/cares/wants/needs etc.

used for saying that you do not know/care etc., and you think that no one else does

why me?

used when you cannot understand why you have been chosen to do something difficult or why something bad has happened to you

you have me there

used for telling someone that you do not know the answer to their question

you’ve got me (there)

used for saying that you do not know the answer

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