Origin of knockdown

First recorded in 1680–90; adj., noun use of verb phrase knock down Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for knockdown

Historical Examples of knockdown

  • Electrolyte is not supplied with batteries shipped in a knockdown condition.

  • This Harvey thought would be a knockdown blow, and it was—indirectly.

    "Captains Courageous"

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Souls have in them a wonderful capacity for recovering after knockdown blows.

    The Girl Wanted

    Nixon Waterman

  • He comes up again after every knockdown, as fresh as a daisy.

    Fast Nine

    Alan Douglas

  • Toppy shook his head, like a pugilist clearing his wits after a knockdown.

    The Snow-Burner

    Henry Oyen