knock1 W3S1 [nɔk US na:k] v
2¦(hit and move something)¦
3¦(hit somebody hard)¦
4¦(hit part of your body)¦
5 knock on doors
6 be knocking on the door
7¦(remove wall)¦
8 knock a hole in/through something
11 knock somebody for six
12 knock the stuffing out of somebody
13 knock somebody sideways
14 knock some sense into somebody/into somebody's head
15 knock (somebody's) heads together
16 knock something on the head
17 knock somebody's socks off
18 knock somebody off their pedestal/perch
19 knock spots off somebody/something
20 knock on wood
21 knock it off
22¦(make a noise)¦
24 I'll knock your head/block off
25 knock the bottom out of something
Phrasal verbs
 knock around
 knock somebody/something back
 knock somebody/something down
 knock something into somebody
 knock off
 knock out
 knock somebody/something<=>over
 knock something<=>together
 knock somebody/something<=>up
[: Old English; Origin: cnocian]
1.) ¦(DOOR)¦
to hit a door or window with your closed hand to attract the attention of the people inside
I knocked and knocked but nobody answered.
knock at/on
We knocked at the door but there was no one there.
Wilson went up and knocked on the door.
2.) ¦(HIT AND MOVE SOMETHING)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to hit something with a short quick action so that it moves or falls
knock sth out of/from sth
As I got up, I knocked a pencil out of its holder.
He knocked the knife from my hand.
knock sth over
At that moment, Sally knocked over her glass of wine.
knock sth aside
She tried to knock the gun aside but she was not fast enough.
3.) ¦(HIT SOMEBODY HARD)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to hit someone very hard
He knocked her to the ground and kicked her.
knock sb unconscious/cold/senseless
(=hit someone so hard that they fall unconscious)
Simon could knock a man unconscious with one punch to the jaw.
Garry answered the door only to be knocked flying as two policemen came rushing in.
to hit something with part of your body
knock sth against sth
Morse knocked his shin against a large suitcase standing just inside the door.
knock sth on sth
She knocked her head on a stone.
5.) knock on doors
to go to every house or apartment in an area asking the people who live there for information or support
Gathering that information means knocking on doors and asking people questions.
6.) be knocking on the door
to be wanting to join a group or team - used in news reports
Five countries have permanent seats on the UN Security Council but Germany and Japan, among others, are knocking on the door.
7.) ¦(REMOVE WALL)¦ [T]
to remove a wall or part of a building in order to make a bigger room or space
knock sth into sth
We could make a bigger living space by knocking two rooms into one.
knock sth through
The wall between the kitchen and the dining room has been partially knocked through.
8.) knock a hole in/through sth
to make a hole in something, especially a wall
We could knock a hole through the wall into the cupboard.
9.) ¦(CRITICIZE)¦ [T]
to criticize someone or their work, especially in an unfair or annoying way
The British press always knock British winners at any sport.
'Designer fashion is silly.' ' Don't knock it , it's an important industry.'
10.)¦(BALL)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to kick or hit a ball somewhere
The aim is to knock the ball into the opposing goal.
11.) knock sb for six
[i]BrE informal to shock or upset someone very much or make them physically weak
This flu has really knocked me for six.
12.) knock the stuffing out of sb informal
to make someone lose their confidence
Suzanne was very upset when her mother left home. It knocked the stuffing out of her.
13.) knock sb sideways
BrE to upset someone so much that it is difficult for them to deal with something
His daughter's death knocked Tom sideways.
14.) knock some sense into sb/into sb's head informal
to make someone learn to behave in a more sensible way
The struggle to build up her own business had knocked some sense into her.
15.) knock (sb's) heads together informal
to tell people who are arguing that they must stop and behave more sensibly
None of them can agree and it needs someone to knock heads together.
16.) knock sth on the head
BrE informal to stop something happening
We wanted to go for a picnic, but the rain's knocked that on the head.
17.) knock sb's socks off also knock sb dead
spoken to surprise and please someone by being very impressive
With that dress and your new haircut, you'll knock him dead.
18.) knock sb off their pedestal/perch
to stop admiring someone that you previously thought was perfect
The press were determined to knock the princess off the pedestal that they had put her on.
19.) knock spots off sb/sth
BrE spoken to be much better than someone or something
The new computer system knocks spots off the old one.
20.) knock on wood
AmE used to say that you hope your good luck so far will not change
British Equivalent: touch wood
21.) knock it off
spoken used to tell someone to stop doing something, because it is annoying you
22.) ¦(MAKE A NOISE)¦
if an engine or pipes etc are knocking, they make a noise like something hard being hit, usually because something is wrong with them
23.) ¦(HEART)¦ [I]
if your heart is knocking, it is beating hard, especially because you are afraid
= ↑pound
24.) I'll knock your head/block off
[i]spoken used when threatening to hit someone very hard
If you say that again, I'll knock your head off!
25.) knock the bottom out of sth informal
to make something such as a market or industry fail suddenly
A sudden drop in supplies of certain chemicals could knock the bottom out of the engineering industry.
knock/beat sb/sth into a cocked hat atcocked hat, knock sb into shape atshape1 (3), knees knocking (together) atknee1 (4)
knock around phr v
knock sb around
to hit someone several times
My father used to knock me and my brother around.
2.) ¦(RELAX)¦
knock around (sth)
to spend time somewhere, without doing anything very serious or important
= hang-around
On Saturdays I knock around with my friends.
We spent the day just knocking around the house.
3.) ¦(TRAVEL)¦
knock around sth
to travel to different places
= ↑kick around
For a couple of years we knocked around the Mediterranean.
4.) ¦(IDEAS)¦
knock sth<=>around
to discuss and think about an idea, plan etc with other people
We've been knocking around a few ideas.
5.) ¦(BALL)¦
knock sth around
BrE to play a game with a ball, but not in a serious way
= kick about
BrE if something or someone is knocking around, it is somewhere but you are not sure exactly where
Is there a screwdriver knocking about anywhere?
knock back [knock sb/sth back] phr v
1.) knock sth<=>back
to quickly drink large quantities of a drink, especially an alcoholic drink
Brenda knocked the brandy back quickly.
2.) knock sb back sth
to cost you a lot of money
His new car knocked him back several thousand dollars.
3.) knock sb back
BrE to make someone feel upset, shocked, or physically weak
knock down [knock sb/sth down] phr v
knock sb<=>down
to hit or push someone so that they fall to the ground
Something hit him from behind and knocked him down.
knock sb<=>down
to hit someone with a vehicle while you are driving, so that they are hurt or killed
A child was in hospital last night after being knocked down by a car.
3.) ¦(DESTROY)¦
knock sth<=>down
to destroy a building or part of a building
They want to knock the house down and rebuild it.
knock sth<=>down informal
to reduce the price of something by a large amount
The new stove we bought was knocked down from $800 to $550.
knock sb down to sth informal
to persuade someone to reduce the price of something they are selling you
She's asking for £150 but I'll try to knock her down to £100.
knock into [knock sth into sb] phr v
to make someone learn something
Parsons must knock these lessons into the team before Saturday.
knock off phr v
1.) ¦(STOP WORK)¦
knock off (sth)
to stop working and go somewhere else
There was no one in the office because they'd all knocked off for lunch.
Do you want to knock off early today?
We usually knock off work at about twelve on Saturday.
knock sth<=>off
to reduce the price of something by a particular amount
I'll knock off £10.
knock sth off sth
Travel agents are knocking £50 and sometimes £100 off the price of holidays.
knock sth<=>off
to reduce a total by a particular amount
knock sth off sth
Moving house will knock an hour off Ray's journey to work.
4.) ¦(PRODUCE)¦
knock sth<=>off
to produce something quickly and easily
Roland makes a lot of money knocking off copies of famous paintings.
5.) ¦(MURDER)¦
knock sb<=>off
to murder someone
6.) ¦(STEAL)¦
knock sth<=>off
BrE to steal something
knock out phr v
knock sb<=>out
to make someone become unconscious or go to sleep
The champion knocked Biggs out in the seventh round.
knock yourself out
His head hit a table as he fell and he knocked himself out.
The nurse gave me some medicine which totally knocked me out.
→↑knockout1 (1)
2.) ¦(DEFEAT)¦
knock sb/sth<=>out
to defeat a person or team in a competition so that they can no longer take part
The German team were knocked out in the first round.
knock sb/sth out of sth
He first hit the headlines when he knocked Becker out of the French Open Tournament.
→↑knockout1 (3)
3.) ¦(DESTROY)¦
knock sth<=>out
to damage something so that it does not work
The air raids were planned to knock out communications on the ground.
4.) ¦(ADMIRE)¦
knock sb out informal
if something knocks you out, it is very impressive and surprises you because it is so good
She loved the movie. It knocked her out.
→↑knockout1 (2)
5.) ¦(PRODUCE)¦
knock sth<=>out informal
to produce something easily and quickly
Paul has been knocking out new songs for the album.
6.) knock yourself out informal
to work very hard in order to do something well
knock over [knock sb/sth<=>over] phr v
1.) to hit someone with a vehicle while you are driving, so that they are hurt or killed
A woman was knocked over by a bus last year.
2.) AmE informal to rob a place such as a shop or bank and threaten or attack the people who work there
knock together [knock sth<=>together] phr v
to make something quickly, using whatever you have available
We should be able to knock something together with what's in the fridge (=make a meal from items of food in the fridge) .
knock up [knock sb/sth<=>up] phr v
1.) to make something quickly and without using much effort
Michael knocked up a shed in the back garden.
2.) BrE to wake someone up by knocking on their door
What time do you want me to knock you up in the morning?
3.) informal not polite to make a woman ↑pregnant
knock 2
knock2 n
the sound of something hard hitting a hard surface
a loud knock at the door
a knock in the engine
the action of something hard hitting your body
He got a knock on the head when he fell.
3.) take a knock informal
to have some bad luck or trouble
Clive's taken quite a few hard knocks lately.

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