know one's way around

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know one's way around

  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) To be experienced and knowledgeable.
    • 1951, Mickey Spillane, One Lonely Night, online preview:
      "Mike's been in on a lot of big stuff, Lee," Pat cut in. "He knows his way around."
    • 2011, W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV, Covert Warriors, →ISBN, online preview:
      “What I need is either a set of CIA credentials—better yet, a CIA agent who knows his way around and can be trusted to keep his mouth shut.”
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To be very familiar with; to have a significant understanding of.
    • 1998 Aug. 24, Johanna McGeary et al., "Sifting For Answers," Time:
      But after more than two decades in the FBI's secretive national-security division, she knows her way around terrorism.
    • 2012, Donna Hill, Dare to Dream, →ISBN, online preview:
      "Nothing like a man who knows his way around a kitchen," Desiree said.