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

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Idioms and Phrases with knock back

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]

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