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knockdown

[nok-doun] /ˈnɒkˌdaʊn/
adjective
1.
capable of knocking something down; overwhelming; irresistible:
a knockdown blow.
2.
constructed in separate parts that can readily be taken apart for easy storage, shipping, etc.:
a knockdown toolshed.
3.
offered or acquired for less than the prevailing rate:
first-rate goods at knockdown prices.
noun
4.
a knockdown object.
5.
an act or instance of knocking down, especially by a blow.
6.
something that fells or overwhelms.
7.
reduction or lowering, as in price or number:
The store offered a knockdown of 15 percent to its own employees.
8.
Slang. an introduction, especially to a person:
He gave me a real knockdown to the company.
9.
Nautical. the capsizing of a small boat as a result of a strong gust of wind.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; adj., noun use of verb phrase knock down
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  • The crowd buzzed with jittery excitement, as they always do when it experiences a knockdown.
  • Traditional boats will more readily right themselves after a knockdown, provided they do not suffer damage that lets in water.
  • He led the team in knockdown blocks as a junior and senior.
  • His legs seemed as if they had never recovered from the knockdown.
  • A knockdown fitting enables the bed to be easily dismantled for removal.
British Dictionary definitions for knockdown

knock down

verb (transitive, adverb)
1.
to strike to the ground with a blow, as in boxing
2.
(in auctions) to declare (an article) sold, as by striking a blow with a gavel
3.
to demolish
4.
to dismantle, for ease of transport
5.
(informal) to reduce (a price, etc)
6.
(Austral, slang) to spend (a cheque)
7.
(Austral, slang) to drink
adjective (prenominal)
8.
overwhelming; powerful: a knockdown blow
9.
(mainly Brit) cheap: I got the table at a knockdown price
10.
easily dismantled: knockdown furniture
noun
11.
(US & Austral, slang) an introduction: will you give me a knockdown to her?
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Slang definitions & phrases for knockdown

knockdown

modifier

Designed to be sold unassembled and to be easy to assemble and disassemble: a knockdown kitchen set (1795+)

noun
  1. An introduction: You want a knockdown to something (1865+)
  2. An invitation (1940s+)
  3. Money stolen from one's employer: considered the ''knock-down'' a perfectly legitimate source of profit (1860s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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