knock down a tower and everyone in government says how terrific Islam is.
The first in the room, to knock down the door, to break down the barriers, to pave the road that we all walk on.
It's from there that we cut spending, knock down taxes, and unleash American innovation.
The roasts never seek to knock down the truly powerful, to give a dose of humility to those at the top of their game.
The effect would be to knock down California's gay-marriage ban on a technicality, without affecting the rest of the country.
Under the Romans, stems of asparagus were raised of three pounds weight, heavy enough to knock down a slave in waiting with.
"I'll knock down the first man who tries to pass me," he cried.
It couldnt get out anywhere, for big and swift as it was, it could not knock down this wall.
knock down the man at the helm, and jam the tiller down hard!
The agent would take care that no interests should grow up on the estate, which his chief could not control or knock down.
Old English cnocian (West Saxon cnucian), "to pound, beat; knock (on a door)," likely of imitative origin. Meaning "deprecate, put down" is from 1892. Related: Knocked; knocking. Knock-kneed first attested 1774. Knock-down, drag-out is from 1827. Command knock it off "stop it" is first recorded 1880, perhaps from auctioneer's term for "dispose of quickly:"
At the commencement of the sales, he gave every one that wanted to purchase a paper containing a description of the lands that were to be sold; and, as the sales were cried, he called over the numbers and described the land; and when it got up to one dollar and a quarter an acre, if no body bid, after it was cried two or three times, he would say, knock it off, knock it off. [U.S. Senate record, 1834]
mid-14c., from knock (v.). As an engine noise, from 1899.
: It wasn't a disinterested comment—it was a knock/ The knock on Fernandez is he can't field