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Origin of knockdown
British Dictionary definitions for knockdown
verb (tr, adverb)
adjective knockdown (prenominal)
Idioms and Phrases with knockdown
Take apart for storage or shipping, as in We need to knock down this chest to ship it safely overseas. [Mid-1900s]
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]
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].
Earn as wages, as in She knocks down a hundred grand a year. [Slang; 1920s]
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.