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or knock-off

[nok-awf, -of] /ˈnɒkˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
an act or instance of knocking off.
an unlicensed copy of something, especially fashion clothing, intended to be sold at a lower price than the original.
Origin of knockoff
1870-75, for an earlier sense; noun use of verb phrase knock off Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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"cheap imitation," 1966, from the verbal phrase knock off "do hastily;" in reference to the casual way the things are made.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  1. The cab of a locomotive (1940s+ Railroad)
  2. The stomach
  3. The space over home plate where a batter finds it easiest to hit a fair ball; a batter's preferred point of delivery; wheelhouse: He'd throw it in my kitchen, so I moved up a step toward the plate (1970+ Baseball)

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if you can't stand the heat* stay out of the kitchen

[baseball sense perhaps ultimately fr kitchen, ''stomach,'' found by 1594]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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