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knockoff

or knock-off

[ nok-awf, -of ]
/ ˈnɒkˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
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noun

an act or instance of knocking off.
an unlicensed copy of something, especially fashion clothing, intended to be sold at a lower price than the original.

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Origin of knockoff

First recorded in 1870–75, for an earlier sense; noun use of verb phrase knock off
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British Dictionary definitions for knockoff

knock off

verb (mainly adverb)

noun knockoff

informal
  1. an illegal imitation of a well-known product
  2. (as modifier)knockoff watches
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with knockoff

knock off

1

Take a break or rest from, stop, especially quit working. For example, He knocked off work at noon, or Let's knock off at five o'clock. [Colloquial; mid-1600s] Also see knock it off.

2

Also, knock out. Dispose of or produce easily or hastily, finish, as in A writer of detective novels, he knocks off a book a year, or We can knock out a rough drawing in a few minutes. The first colloquial usage dates from the early 1800s, the variant from the mid-1800s.

3

Get rid of, reduce, as in She knocked off twelve pounds in a month, or They knocked off one-third of the original price. [Colloquial; early 1800s]

4

Kill, murder, as in They decided to knock off the old lady. [Slang; early 1900s] Also see knock someone's block off.

5

Copy or imitate, especially without permission, as in They are knocking off designer Swiss watches and selling them for a few dollars. [Colloquial; late 1800s]

6

Hold up, rob, as in The gang knocked off two liquor stores in half an hour. [Slang; early 1900s] Also see knock the socks off.

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