know someone from Adam

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know someone from Adam

  1. (idiomatic) To know or recognise someone at all.
    • 1938, Graham Greene, Brighton rock
      'Who is she, anyway? Interfering . . . pestering . . . you must know.' 'I don't know her from Adam,' the Boy said.
    • 1963, Audrey Lillian Barker, The joy-ride and after
      "Well," he said, "do you know me from Adam?"