Definition of knockdown in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnäkdoun/


1 informal (Of a price) very low.
Used earlier to refer to reserve prices set at an auction
Example sentences
  • So, if your Christmas gift list expands as easily as your waistline at this time of year, you need to know where to pick up some spot-on presents at knock-down prices.
  • He was given the property by its owners at a knock-down price in a bid to secure his support in Dublin County Council.
  • When I called in the next day, there were still heaps of pre-autographed copies of their debut single sitting in the racks, at the knock-down price of 99p.
2Capable of knocking down or overwhelming someone or something: repeated knockdown blows
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  • A haven of genteel entertainment might persuade local residents that there were pleasurable and respectable alternatives to a knock-down drunken blowout every weekend.
  • There are no knock-down arguments and there is legitimate disagreement even amongst like-minded experts.
2.1(Of furniture) easily dismantled and reassembled.
Example sentences
  • Toyota has decades of experience shipping knock-down components by container to assembly plants around the world, including the U.S.


1An act of knocking an opponent down.
Example sentences
  • But each knock-down was ruled out as Moore was adjudged to have caught his opponent with low blows.
  • Tembo said the tournament was deferred in accordance with the Boxing Board of Control rules which state that after a knock-down, a boxer could only return to the ring after 55 days.
  • The nerve damage so restricted his activity that he was stripped of his International Boxing Organisation's inter-continental championship, a belt he captured with a devastating knock-down of Patrick Gallagher.
1.1 (also knockdown pitch) Baseball A pitch aimed so close to the body that the batter must drop to the ground to avoid being hit: the catcher gave the sign for a knockdown pitch
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  • The assessments in both areas must begin with the offensive line, which gave up six sacks and 10 knockdowns in the loss to the Raiders.
  • Theirs was a vibrant, methodical game of momentum, a ruthless strategy of crosses and corners, knockdowns and flick - ons.
1.2 Sailing An instance of a vessel being knocked on its side by the force of the wind.

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Syllabification: knock·down

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