I was writing Lorrie Moore knock-off short stories before I switched to nonfiction.
It was a “knock-off of the knock-off,” Ford said, turning a sixty dollar t-shirt into a six-thousand-dollar sequined number.
Then Sam sternly ordered him to “knock-off” and make ready for the journey.
He was on wages and had no right to knock-off for social receptions unless his commander gave him permission.
He knew something of this cartoon, mostly because of all the knock-off merch for sale in the market stalls in front of the ride.
I was pleased to climb aboard the Bonadventure with both, after passing through the knock-off rush from the docks.
The ends of this lever are attached by means of reach-rods to the knock-off cams, this being shown more clearly in Fig. 22.
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.
: extra pieceworkers to turn out knockoff blouses/knockoff Coach bags bought in Chinatown
A copy or close imitation: Clint Eastwood's Pale Rider is a contemporary knockoff (1966+)
: It wasn't a disinterested comment—it was a knock/ The knock on Fernandez is he can't field
"Though Orientals are very jealous of their privacy, they never knock when about to enter your room, but walk in without warning or ceremony. It is nearly impossible to teach an Arab servant to knock at your door. They give warning at the outer gate either by calling or knocking. To stand and call is a very common and respectful mode. Thus Moses commanded the holder of a pledge to stand without and call to the owner to come forth (Deut. 24:10). This was to avoid the violent intrusion of cruel creditors. Peter stood knocking at the outer door (Acts 12:13, 16), and the three men sent to Joppa by Cornelius made inquiry and 'stood before the gate' (10:17, 18). The idea is that the guard over your privacy is to be placed at the entrance." Knocking is used as a sign of importunity (Matt. 7:7, 8; Luke 13:25), and of the coming of Christ (Luke 12:36; Rev. 3:20).