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knocker

[nok-er] /ˈnɒk ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that knocks.
2.
a hinged knob, bar, etc., on a door, for use in knocking.
3.
Informal. a persistent and carping critic; faultfinder.
4.
Slang: Vulgar. a female breast.
Idioms
5.
on the knocker, British Slang. canvassing or selling door-to-door.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see knock, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for on knocker

knocker

/ˈnɒkə/
noun
1.
an object, usually ornamental and made of metal, attached to a door by a hinge and used for knocking
2.
(informal) a person who finds fault or disparages
3.
(usually pl) (slang) a female breast
4.
a person or thing that knocks
5.
(Austral & NZ, informal) on the knocker, promptly; at once: you pay on the knocker here
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Word Origin and History for on knocker

knocker

n.

late 14c., agent noun from knock. Sense of "door banger" is by 1590s. Knockers "a woman's breasts" is slang attested from 1941.

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Slang definitions & phrases for on knocker

kit and caboodle

noun phrase

The totality; everything: the whole kit and caboodle, go hang/the whole kit and boodle of 'em

[1861+; fr 1700s British kit, ''outfit of equipment,'' plus early 1800s boodle, ''lot, collection,'' perhaps fr Dutch boedel, ''property, effects'']


knocker 1

noun

A consistently negative critic; detractor: that pack of knockers that have been howling (1898+)

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