Idioms for knock

Origin of knock

before 1000; 1890–95 for def 4; Middle English knokken, knoken (v.), Old English cnocian, cnucian; cognate with Old Norse knoka to thump, knock

OTHER WORDS FROM knock

knock·less, adjectivere·knock, verbun·knocked, adjectiveun·knock·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for knock back (1 of 2)

knock back

verb (tr, adverb)

informal to drink, esp quickly
informal to cost
slang to reject or refuseyou cannot possibly knock back such an offer
slang to come as an unpleasant surprise to; disconcert

noun knock-back

slang a refusal or rejection
prison slang failure to obtain parole

British Dictionary definitions for knock back (2 of 2)

knock
/ (nɒk) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for knock

Old English cnocian, of imitative origin; related to Old Norse knoka to hit
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Idioms and Phrases with knock back (1 of 2)

knock back

Also, knock it back. Gulp down an alcoholic beverage, as in He knocked back glass after glass of wine, or I hear you've been knocking it back a bit. [First half of 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with knock back (2 of 2)

knock

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