knock down a tower and everyone in government says how terrific Islam is.
The first in the room, to knock down the door, to break down the barriers, to pave the road that we all walk on.
It's from there that we cut spending, knock down taxes, and unleash American innovation.
The roasts never seek to knock down the truly powerful, to give a dose of humility to those at the top of their game.
The effect would be to knock down California's gay-marriage ban on a technicality, without affecting the rest of the country.
Under the Romans, stems of asparagus were raised of three pounds weight, heavy enough to knock down a slave in waiting with.
"I'll knock down the first man who tries to pass me," he cried.
It couldnt get out anywhere, for big and swift as it was, it could not knock down this wall.
knock down the man at the helm, and jam the tiller down hard!
The agent would take care that no interests should grow up on the estate, which his chief could not control or knock down.
Old English cnocian (West Saxon cnucian), "to pound, beat; knock (on a door)," likely of imitative origin. Meaning "deprecate, put down" is from 1892. Related: Knocked; knocking. Knock-kneed first attested 1774. Knock-down, drag-out is from 1827. Command knock it off "stop it" is first recorded 1880, perhaps from auctioneer's term for "dispose of quickly:"
At the commencement of the sales, he gave every one that wanted to purchase a paper containing a description of the lands that were to be sold; and, as the sales were cried, he called over the numbers and described the land; and when it got up to one dollar and a quarter an acre, if no body bid, after it was cried two or three times, he would say, knock it off, knock it off. [U.S. Senate record, 1834]
mid-14c., from knock (v.). As an engine noise, from 1899.
: It wasn't a disinterested comment—it was a knock/ The knock on Fernandez is he can't field
Very violent; unrestrained; all-out: They were having a knock-downdrag-out argument when I got there
: Seems the neighbors were having a knockdown-drag-out (1827+)
"Though Orientals are very jealous of their privacy, they never knock when about to enter your room, but walk in without warning or ceremony. It is nearly impossible to teach an Arab servant to knock at your door. They give warning at the outer gate either by calling or knocking. To stand and call is a very common and respectful mode. Thus Moses commanded the holder of a pledge to stand without and call to the owner to come forth (Deut. 24:10). This was to avoid the violent intrusion of cruel creditors. Peter stood knocking at the outer door (Acts 12:13, 16), and the three men sent to Joppa by Cornelius made inquiry and 'stood before the gate' (10:17, 18). The idea is that the guard over your privacy is to be placed at the entrance." Knocking is used as a sign of importunity (Matt. 7:7, 8; Luke 13:25), and of the coming of Christ (Luke 12:36; Rev. 3:20).