When your ignition is not working properly and your cars engine starts to make a clanging sound that causes you to take it to the mechanic, this is an example of when you have a knock in the engine.
A sound made when someone taps on a door to be let in is an example of a knock.
When you bang your elbow on the door, this is an example of a knock to the elbow.
When you use your knuckles to tap on a door so that the people inside the house will hear you and come and open the door, this is an example of when you knock.
When you bang your elbow into a door, this is an example of when you knock your elbow into the door.
When you tip over a glass of water, this is an example of when you knock over the water.
When you say that everyone who watches TV is stupid, this is an example of when you knock TV watchers.
Knocked him on the head.
Knocked the mugger senseless.
I knocked my head on a low beam.
Knocked a hole in the wall.
Don't knock the food; it's free.
A wind that knocked the tower over; a blunder that knocked him out of the job.
Knock on the door and find out if they're home.
Knocked into the table.
The car engine is knocking.
To knock a hole in a wall.
The school of hard knocks.
I heard a knock on my door.
He took a knock on the head.
I knocked against the table and bruised my leg.
I accidentally knocked my drink off the bar.
- To be certain of success:.
- To render unconscious; knock out.
- To kill with a blow.
- To affect strongly and positively:.A performance that knocked the audience dead.
- To stop doing something. Often used in the imperative:.He asked us to knock it off.
- To force the removal of (an opposing pitcher) by heavy hitting.
- To overwhelm or amaze.
- To beat or hit (someone) in an effort to teach a lesson or cause a person to adopt an acceptable pattern of behavior.
- To wander about; roam.
- To treat roughly.
- To gulp down (an alcoholic drink).
- To hit so as to cause to fall.
- To take apart for convenience in shipping.
- To earn as pay.
- Stop doing that!.
- To deduct.
- To do; accomplish.
- To kill, overcome, etc.
- To make a knockoff of.
- To make great efforts; exhaust oneself.
- To defeat (an opponent) by knocking to the ground so that it is not possible to rise before an official count of ten.
- To defeat, destroy, etc.
- To do; make; specif., to compose or write casually or with careless haste.
- To overwhelm with excited delight; thrill.
- To make so many hits against (an opposing pitcher) as to cause the pitcher's removal.
- To burglarize or rob.
- To cause to collide.
- To make or compose hastily or crudely.
- To make pregnant.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of knock
- Middle English knokken from Old English cnocian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Akin to Old Norse knoka (compare Swedish knocka, Danish knuge, to hug) and Middle High German knochen, to hit.