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A knowing gesture or remark is one that shows that you understand something, for example the way that someone is feeling or what they really mean, even though it has not been mentioned directly.      adj   usu ADJ n  
Ron gave her a knowing smile..., Dan exchanged a knowing look with Harry.     
  knowingly      adv  
He smiled knowingly.     
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knowingly, known, know, knocking

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mislead someone; deliberately provide wrong information to forbid someone from knowing the truth
E.g.: They are no longer in town, but hey left their car in front of the house just to put everybody off the scent.
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