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knock

[nok]
verb (used without object)
1.
to strike a sounding blow with the fist, knuckles, or anything hard, especially on a door, window, or the like, as in seeking admittance, calling attention, or giving a signal: to knock on the door before entering.
2.
to strike in collision; bump: He knocked into a table.
3.
to make a pounding noise: The engine of our car is knocking badly.
4.
Informal. to engage in trivial or carping criticism; find fault.
5.
Cards. to end a game, as in gin rummy, by laying down a hand in which those cards not included in sets total less than a specific amount.
verb (used with object)
6.
to give a sounding or forcible blow to; hit; strike; beat.
7.
to drive, force, or render by a blow or blows: to knock a man senseless.
8.
to make by striking a blow or blows: to knock a hole in the wall.
9.
to strike (a thing) against something else.
10.
Informal. to criticize, especially in a carping manner: He's always knocking everything.
11.
British Slang. to astound; impress greatly.
noun
12.
an act or instance of knocking.
13.
the sound of knocking, especially a rap, as at a door.
14.
a blow or thump.
15.
Informal. an adverse criticism.
16.
the noise resulting from faulty combustion or from incorrect functioning of some part of an internal-combustion engine.
17.
Cricket. an innings.
18.
British Slang.
a.
one of a combination of dealers who bid together, rather than against each other, at an auction, and later resell the purchases among themselves.
b.
an auction at which this is done.
c.
the sale of merchandise recently obtained by a dealer at an auction.
Verb phrases
19.
knock around/about, Informal.
a.
to wander aimlessly or idly; loaf.
b.
to mistreat (someone), especially physically.
c.
to jar; shake up.
20.
knock back, Slang. to drink (a beverage), especially quickly and heartily: He knocked back two shots of vodka.
21.
knock down,
a.
to sell at auction by a blow of the hammer or to a bidder.
b.
to take apart or disassemble, as for facility in handling, storing, shipping, etc.
c.
Slang. to receive, as a salary or a scholastic grade; earn: He knocks down 30 grand a year.
d.
Informal. to lower the price of; reduce: to knock down end-of-season leftovers.
e.
Slang. to embezzle or steal (money).
f.
to cause (a sailing vessel) to heel, as by a gust of wind, to such a degree that it cannot right itself.
22.
knock off,
a.
Informal. to cease activity, especially work: to knock off at five every day.
b.
to stop doing something; quit: Knock it off or you'll get into a mess.
c.
Slang. to dispose of; finish.
d.
Slang. to murder; kill.
e.
Slang. to die.
f.
Slang. to get rid of; reduce.
g.
Slang. to disable or defeat.
h.
Slang. to commit a robbery at; steal from: The gang knocked off a gas station.
i.
Nautical Slang. to blow the head (of a sailing vessel) off the wind.
j.
to imitate, copy, or plagiarize: to knock off designer dresses in cheap materials.
23.
knock out,
a.
to defeat (an opponent) in a boxing match by striking such a blow that the opponent is unable to rise within the specified time.
b.
to render (a person) unconscious: Those sleeping pills knocked me out for ten hours.
c.
to make tired or exhausted: Christmas shopping always knocks me out.
d.
Informal. to produce quickly, hurriedly, or with ease: He knocks out two poems a day.
e.
to damage or destroy: The explosion knocked out the power for several hours.
f.
knock ( def 28 ).
24.
knock over,
a.
to strike (someone or something) from an erect to a prone position: to knock over a lamp.
b.
to distress; overcome: When the announcement came we were completely knocked over.
c.
Slang. to rob, burglarize, or hijack: He knocked over five banks.
25.
knock together, to make or construct in a hurry or with little attention to detail: He knocked together a couple of tables.
26.
knock up,
a.
Slang. to make pregnant.
b.
to exhaust; weary; tire.
c.
to damage; mar: The children knocked up the new table.
d.
to injure; wound: He was afraid to come home from school all knocked up again.
e.
British. to wake up; rouse; call: He knocked us up before dawn.
Idioms
27.
have it knocked, Slang. to be assured of success: With a government job, he thought he had it knocked.
28.
knock out of the box, Baseball. to cause a pitcher to be removed from the box because the pitcher has permitted too many hits to be made. Also, knock out.
29.
knock the/one's socks off, Informal. to have an overwhelming effect on: The song knocked the socks off the audience.

Origin:
before 1000; 1890–95 for def 4; Middle English knokken, knoken (v.), Old English cnocian, cnucian; cognate with Old Norse knoka to thump, knock

knockless, adjective
reknock, verb
unknocked, adjective
unknocking, adjective


1. See strike.
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knock (nɒk)
 
vb (usually foll by against)
1.  (tr) to give a blow or push to; strike
2.  (intr) to rap sharply with the knuckles, a hard object, etc, esp to capture attention: to knock at the door
3.  (tr) to make or force by striking: to knock a hole in the wall
4.  to collide (with)
5.  (tr) to bring into a certain condition by hitting or pushing: to knock someone unconscious
6.  informal (tr) to criticize adversely; belittle: to knock someone's work
7.  (intr) Also: pink (of an internal-combustion engine) to emit a characteristic metallic noise as a result of faulty combustion
8.  (intr) (of a bearing, esp one in an engine) to emit a regular characteristic sound as a result of wear
9.  slang (Brit) to have sexual intercourse with (a person)
10.  informal knock a person into the middle of next week to hit a person with a very heavy blow
11.  knock one's head against to have a violent or unpleasant encounter with (adverse facts or circumstances)
12.  knock on the head
 a.  to daze or kill (a person) by striking on the head
 b.  effectively to prevent the further development of (a plan)
 
n
13.  a.  a blow, push, or rap: he gave the table a knock
 b.  the sound so caused
14.  the sound of knocking in an engine or bearing
15.  informal a misfortune, rebuff, or setback
16.  informal unfavourable criticism
17.  informal (in cricket) an innings or a spell of batting
 
[Old English cnocian, of imitative origin; related to Old Norse knoka to hit]

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Word Origin & History

knock
O.E. cnocian (W.Saxon cnucian), likely of imitative origin. Meaning "deprecate, put down" is from 1892. Knockoff "cheap imitation" is from 1966. Knock out "to stun by a blow for a 10-count" in boxing is short for to knock out of time; slang knockout "attractive person" is from 1892. To knock oneself
out "make a great effort" is from 1936. Knock-kneed first attested 1774. Command knock it off "stop it" is first recorded 1902. Knocker "door banger" is from 1598; knockers "a woman's breasts" is from 1941. Knock up is 1663 in sense of "arouse by knocking at the door;" however it is little used in this sense in Amer.Eng., where the phrase means "get a woman pregnant" (1813), possibly ult. from knock "to copulate with" (1598; cf. slang knocking-shop "brothel," 1860).
"Knocked up in the United States, amongst females, the phrase is equivalent to being enciente, so that Englishmen often unconsciously commit themselves when amongst our Yankee cousins." [John Camden Hotten, "The Slang Dictionary," London, 1860]
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Knock definition


"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).

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