knockdown

[ nok-doun ]
/ ˈnɒkˌdaʊn /

adjective

noun

Origin of knockdown

First recorded in 1680–90; adj., noun use of verb phrase knock down
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British Dictionary definitions for knockdown

knock down

verb (tr, adverb)

adjective knockdown (prenominal)

noun knockdown

US and Australian slang an introductionwill you give me a knockdown to her?
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Idioms and Phrases with knockdown

knock down

1

Take apart for storage or shipping, as in We need to knock down this chest to ship it safely overseas. [Mid-1900s]

2

Declare sold at an auction, as by striking a blow with a gavel. For example, That was the last bid, and the first edition was knocked down for only three hundred. [Mid-1700s]

3

Reduce the price of, as in They knocked it down by another hundred dollars, or An overabundant harvest will knock down corn prices. [Colloquial; mid-1800].

4

Earn as wages, as in She knocks down a hundred grand a year. [Slang; 1920s]

5

Steal, embezzle, as in He was caught knocking down the box-office receipts. This usage may be obsolescent. [Slang; mid-1800s] Also see knock over, def. 2.

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