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knock British & World English

Strike a surface noisily to attract attention, especially when waiting to be let in through a door

knock English Thesaurus

he knocked on the door marked ‘Enquiries’

bang people's heads together British & World English

Reprimand people severely, especially in an attempt to stop them arguing

throw someone for a loop British & World English

Surprise or astonish someone

lick someone/thing into shape British & World English

Act forcefully to bring someone or something into a fitter, more efficient, or better-organized state

knock-off British & World English

A copy or imitation, especially of an expensive product

knock-on British & World English

A secondary, indirect, or cumulative effect

knock up British & World English

(In a racket game) practise before formal play begins

knock-up British & World English

(In tennis or other racket sports) a period of practice play, especially before formal play begins

no-knock British & World English

Denoting a search or raid by the police made without permission or warning

knock-on New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(hyphen, two words as verb)

anti-knock British & World English

A substance (such as tetraethyl lead) added to petrol to inhibit pre-ignition

knock about British & World English

Travel without a specific purpose

knock-back British & World English

A refusal, rejection, or setback

knock-down British & World English

(Of a price) very low

knock knees British & World English

A condition in which the legs curve inwards so that the feet are apart when the knees are touching

knock-back New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(hyphen, two words as verb)

knock it off British & World English

Stop doing something

postman's knock British & World English

A game, played especially by children, in which imaginary letters are delivered in exchange for kisses

knock the ball on in knock on British & World English

Illegally drive the ball with the hand or arm towards the opponents' goal line

knock someone dead British & World English

Greatly impress someone

knock someone back British & World English

Reject or discourage a person or their request or suggestion

knock someone down British & World English

(Especially of a vehicle) strike or collide with someone so as to cause them to fall to the ground

knock someone out British & World English

Make a person unconscious, typically with a blow to the head

knock someone up British & World English

Wake or attract the attention of someone by knocking at their door

knock something up British & World English

Make something in a hurry

knock-for-knock agreement British & World English

An agreement between insurance companies by which each pays its own policyholders regardless of liability

knock something back British & World English

Consume a drink quickly

knock something down British & World English

Demolish a building or other structure

knock something off British & World English

Produce a piece of work quickly and without much effort

knock something out British & World English

Destroy, damage, or disable a machine or piece of equipment

knock something over British & World English

Rob a shop or similar establishment

knock something together British & World English

Assemble something in a hasty and makeshift way

knock-down-drag-out British & World English

A free-for-all fight

knock someone for six British & World English

Utterly surprise or overcome someone

knock the bottom out of British & World English

Cause (something) to collapse or fail suddenly

knock someone/thing about British & World English

Injure or damage by rough treatment

knock someone's socks off British & World English

Amaze or impress someone

touch wood British & World English

Said in order to prevent a confident statement from bringing bad luck

knock someone on the head British & World English

Stun or kill someone by a blow to the head


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