knock

/nɒk / (say nok)

verb (i)
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, giving a signal, etc.
2. (of an internal-combustion engine) to make a metallic noise as a result of faulty combustion; ping; pink.
verb (t)
3. to give a sounding or forcible blow to; hit; strike; beat.
4. to drive, force, or render by a blow or blows: to knock a man senseless.
5. to strike (a thing) against something else.
6. Colloquial to criticise; find fault with.
noun
7. the act or sound of knocking.
8. a rap, as at a door.
9. a blow or thump.
10. the noise resulting from faulty combustion or from incorrect functioning of some part of an internal-combustion engine.
11. Cricket an innings.
12. Colloquial adverse criticism.
phrase
13. knock about (or around){{}} (or round),
a. to wander in an aimless way; lead an irregular existence.
b. to treat roughly; maltreat.
14. knock around (or about) with, Colloquial to keep company with.
15. knock back, Colloquial
a. to consume, especially rapidly: he knocked back two cans of beer.
b. to refuse.
c. to set back; impede.
d. to cost (someone): how much did that knock you back?
16. knock down,
a. to strike to the ground with a blow.
b. NZ to fell (a tree).
c. (in auctions) to signify the sale of (the thing bid for) by a blow with a hammer or mallet; assign as sold to the highest bidder.
d. to reduce the price of.
e. to take apart (a motor vehicle, machine, etc.) to facilitate handling.
f. to spend freely: to knock down one's cheque.
g. NZ to swallow (a drink).
17. knock endwise (or endways), to lay flat with a blow.
18. knock for six,
a. to completely annihilate or overcome.
b. to confuse or disturb greatly: the bad news knocked him for six.
19. knock into, to collide with.
20. knock into a cocked hat, Colloquial to defeat; get the better of.
21. knock it off, Colloquial stop it (usually used in the imperative to put an end to an argument, fight, criticism, etc.).
22. knock off, Colloquial
a. to cease (an activity, especially work): they knocked off shearing for the day.
b. to cease an activity, especially work: I knock off at five.
c. to deduct.
d. to steal.
e. to compose (an article, poem, or the like) hurriedly.
f. to defeat, put out of a competition.
g. to kill.
h. (taboo) (of a man) to have sexual intercourse with.
i. to eat up; consume.
j. (of police) to arrest (a person) or raid (a place).
23. knock off work to carry bricks, Colloquial to do as unpaid work what one does for a living.
24. knock on, Rugby Football to knock (the ball) forwards in catching it (an infringement of the rules).
25. knock oneself out, to exhaust oneself by excessive mental or physical work.
26. knock on the head, to put an end to.
27. knock out,
a. to defeat (an opponent) in a boxing match by striking them down with a blow after which they do not rise within a prescribed time.
b. to render senseless.
c. Colloquial to destroy; damage severely.
d. Colloquial to earn.
e. Colloquial to overwhelm; impress greatly: her act knocked me out.
28. knock someone into the middle of next week, Colloquial to punch someone very hard.
29. knock someone's eye out, to cause someone to feel great admiration.
30. knock the bottom out of, to refute (an argument); render invalid.
31. knock (the) spots off, Colloquial
a. to defeat; get the better of.
b. to be vastly superior to.
{Phrase Origin: ? from US target matches, where the red and black symbols on playing cards were the spots and where the best marksman was the one who could hit most spots on the playing card}
32. knock the starch out of, Colloquial to have the effect on (someone) of making them less formal or officious in dealings with others.
33. knock together, to assemble (something) hastily; put together roughly.
34. knock up,
a. to arouse; awaken.
b. to prepare or put together (something) hastily or roughly.
c. Sport to score (runs, tries, etc.).
d. Chiefly British Tennis, Squash to have a hit-up.
e. to exhaust; wear out.
f. to become exhausted.
g. Colloquial to make pregnant.
h. Obsolete Colloquial to earn (a sum of money, etc.): she knocked up her fare in only three weeks.
35. knock with one's elbows, Colloquial to arrive as a guest bearing plates of food, bottles of beer, etc. {Phrase Origin: from the notion that one's hands are so laden that the only way of knocking on the door is with one's elbows}
36. take a knock, to suffer a reverse, especially a financial one.
37. take the knock, Horseracing, etc. Colloquial (of a punter) to admit that one is unable to settle one's debts with one's bookmaker.
38. take the knock on someone, Colloquial to cheat someone of their share in part or whole; welsh on someone.
{Middle English knokke, ? from Old Norse knoka hit}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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