I am trying to get the meaning for the word vitriol from a dictionary. It gives this sentence as an example.

The vitriol he hurled at members of the press knew no bounds.

I understand the main parts of the sentence is 'The vitriol knew no bounds'. But how 'the vitriol' could 'knew' something? The subject for 'knew' should be a person. Am I getting it right?


According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, "know no bounds" means: >

1 : to be capable of affecting people of everywhere

2 : to have no limits

So, in short, "know no bounds" means to have no limits.

  • Is this phrase "know no bounds" commonly used?
    – dan
    Oct 9 '17 at 1:54
  • @dan, no it isn't exactly common in the US, however it may be used more in other countries.
    – doamatto
    Oct 15 '17 at 18:54

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