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knockdown

[nok-doun]
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adjective
  1. capable of knocking something down; overwhelming; irresistible: a knockdown blow.
  2. constructed in separate parts that can readily be taken apart for easy storage, shipping, etc.: a knockdown toolshed.
  3. offered or acquired for less than the prevailing rate: first-rate goods at knockdown prices.
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noun
  1. a knockdown object.
  2. an act or instance of knocking down, especially by a blow.
  3. something that fells or overwhelms.
  4. reduction or lowering, as in price or number: The store offered a knockdown of 15 percent to its own employees.
  5. Slang. an introduction, especially to a person: He gave me a real knockdown to the company.
  6. Nautical. the capsizing of a small boat as a result of a strong gust of wind.
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Origin of knockdown

First recorded in 1680–90; adj., noun use of verb phrase knock down
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Examples from the Web for knockdown

Historical Examples

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

    The Automobile Storage Battery

    O. A. Witte

  • 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