Captain Lovelock got up as well; Bernard heard him knock over his little gilded chair.
There, if you can knock over three or four of them, you've done your share.
And with his rifle and one good eye, who knows but he may knock over a silver fox or a bear or two?
There, take the guns with you and try and knock over a few ducks.
Now, if I am fortunate enough to knock over an elk, we'll have a supper such as people in the cities do not often enjoy.
We can knock over a couple of small antelope then, which will be plenty for all of us.
Small deer or sheep it will often knock over and kill, merely using its big paws; sometimes it breaks their necks.
And would it be "lse-majest" to knock over the King's representative?
At another tavern they had to go out and "knock over three or four chickens to be roasted for their dinner."
If I should flop my wings I believe I'd knock over the whole village!
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