Definition of not know someone from Adam in English:

not know someone from Adam


  • Not know or be completely unable to recognize the person in question.

    ‘I wouldn't know my stepbrother from Adam’
    • ‘There's nothing more transparent than a politician smiling and greeting you like a long lost friend when you know well he doesn't know you from Adam.’
    • ‘If you bank in the high street the person behind the counter doesn't know you from Adam.’
    • ‘And despite the fact that he doesn't know me from Adam, he is prepared to trust me with all that money.’
    • ‘They don't know us from Adam yet they've done all this for us.’
    • ‘Complete strangers will pour their hearts out because I don't know them from Adam.’
    • ‘They know that they are in no danger of us gossiping or running with tales to their family or friends, as in most cases we don't know them from Adam.’
    • ‘I don't know Polly from Adam, but the commercial annoys me every time it's on - which is a lot.’
    • ‘I don't know her from Adam, for starters, and from what I've heard about her, we wouldn't get on all that well.’
    • ‘They didn't know me from Adam but they were so kind and considerate and generous despite their grief.’
    • ‘Or are you just a number at the end of a telephone talking to a glorified clerk who doesn't know you from Adam and is merely looking at some numbers on a computer screen?’