, knocks verb, transitive
- To strike with a hard blow.
- To affect in a specified way by striking hard: knocked the mugger senseless.
- To cause to collide: I knocked my head on a low beam.
- To produce by hitting or striking: knocked a hole in the wall.
- To instill with or as if with blows: We tried to knock some sense into his head.
- Slang To find fault with; criticize: Don't knock the food; it's free.
- To strike a sharp audible blow or series of blows, as on a door.
- To collide with something: knocked into the table.
- To make a pounding or clanking noise: The car engine is knocking.
Phrasal Verbs: knock around/about Informal
- An instance of striking or colliding; a blow.
- The sound of a sharp tap on a hard surface; a rap.
- A pounding or clanking noise made by an engine, often as a result of faulty fuel combustion. Also called ping1.
- Slang A cutting, often petty criticism.
To be rough or brutal with; maltreat. To wander from place to place: knocking around Europe.
To discuss or consider: met to knock around some ideas. knock back Informal
To gulp (an alcoholic drink). knock down
To bring to the ground with a blow; topple. To disassemble into parts, as for storage or shipping. To declare sold at an auction, as by striking a blow with a gavel. Informal
To reduce, as in price: knocked each radio down 20 percent. Slang
To receive as wages; earn: knocks down $50 an hour. knock off Informal
a. To take a break or rest from; stop: knocked off work at noon.
b. To cease work: It's after five; let's knock off. Informal
To complete, accomplish, or dispose of hastily or easily; finish: That author knocks off a book a year. Informal
To get rid of; eliminate: knocked off 12 pounds in a month. Slang
To kill or overcome. Slang
To hold up or rob: knocked off a bank. Informal
To copy or imitate, especially without permission: knocking off someone else's ideas. knock out
To render unconscious. Sports
To defeat (a boxing opponent) by a knockout. To render useless or inoperative: The storm knocked out the phones. Informal
To exert or exhaust (oneself or another) to the utmost: knocked herself out to be ready on time. Informal
To produce in abundance: The workers knocked out 500 parts in one hour.
To inactivate or remove (a gene) by genetic engineering. knock together
To make or assemble quickly or carelessly. knock up Slang
To make pregnant. Chiefly British
To wake up or summon, as by knocking at the door. Chiefly British
To wear out; exhaust.
Origin: Middle English knokken
Origin: , from Old English cnocian