I have problem understanding this phrase.  It is from my conversation with one man.  I said "I guess, you really don't like me" ( I know he did before, not sure about it now) and he replied "You know better than that..."  What could he possibly mean by that? What does it mean in other words?

And my second question is when do we usually use this phrase ( you know me better than that)


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To know someone is to be familiar with them, or to know what kind of a person they are.

You can know someone or something better, meaning to be more familiar with them, or to have a greater knowledge of them.

When someone says "You should know me better than that", that is referring to how well you appear to know them, and they are saying that they expect you to be more familiar with them. In your example, you said that the man did not seem to like you, to which he replied that you should be more familiar with him than to think that he did not like you - that is, he does like you, and he would expect you to know that.

You use this kind of phrase when someone has expressed an opinion about you that is not only wrong, but that you are surprised they would have, because you expected them to be more familiar with your character. For example,

"You think I would cheat at a friendly game of cards? Come on - you know me better than that."

(that is, the speaker is expressing surprise and dismay that someone would think that he would cheat at cards)


"Do we have to bring potato salad to the Johnsons' picnic too? We're already bringing dessert." "You know me better than that...I can't bring just one dish!"

(that is, the second speaker is saying that the first speaker should know that the second speaker is not the kind of person who would bring only one dish when invited to a picnic)


You know me better than that.

is saying that you should know your friend better than to doubt that he likes you.

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