- one of a combination of dealers who bid together, rather than against each other, at an auction, and later resell the purchases among themselves.
- an auction at which this is done.
- the sale of merchandise recently obtained by a dealer at an auction.
- to wander aimlessly or idly; loaf.
- to mistreat (someone), especially physically.
- to jar; shake up.
- to sell at auction by a blow of the hammer or to a bidder.
- to take apart or disassemble, as for facility in handling, storing, shipping, etc.
- Slang. to receive, as a salary or a scholastic grade; earn: He knocks down 30 grand a year.
- Informal. to lower the price of; reduce: to knock down end-of-season leftovers.
- Slang. to embezzle or steal (money).
- to cause (a sailing vessel) to heel, as by a gust of wind, to such a degree that it cannot right itself.
- Informal. to cease activity, especially work: to knock off at five every day.
- to stop doing something; quit: Knock it off or you'll get into a mess.
- Slang. to dispose of; finish.
- Slang. to murder; kill.
- Slang. to die.
- Slang. to get rid of; reduce.
- Slang. to disable or defeat.
- Slang. to commit a robbery at; steal from: The gang knocked off a gas station.
- Nautical Slang. to blow the head (of a sailing vessel) off the wind.
- to imitate, copy, or plagiarize: to knock off designer dresses in cheap materials.
- to defeat (an opponent) in a boxing match by striking such a blow that the opponent is unable to rise within the specified time.
- to render (a person) unconscious: Those sleeping pills knocked me out for ten hours.
- to make tired or exhausted: Christmas shopping always knocks me out.
- Informal. to produce quickly, hurriedly, or with ease: He knocks out two poems a day.
- to damage or destroy: The explosion knocked out the power for several hours.
- knock (def. 28).
- to strike (someone or something) from an erect to a prone position: to knock over a lamp.
- to distress; overcome: When the announcement came we were completely knocked over.
- Slang. to rob, burglarize, or hijack: He knocked over five banks.
- Slang. to make pregnant.
- to exhaust; weary; tire.
- to damage; mar: The children knocked up the new table.
- to injure; wound: He was afraid to come home from school all knocked up again.
- British. to wake up; rouse; call: He knocked us up before dawn.
Idioms about knock
Origin of knock
synonym study for knock
OTHER WORDS FROM knockknockless, adjectivere·knock, verbun·knocked, adjectiveun·knock·ing, adjective
How to use knock in a sentence
If there is a knock on Stafford’s performance, it’s that he doesn’t take full advantage of a clean pocket.Ignore the losses: Matthew Stafford is a quarterback worth pursuing|Neil Greenberg|January 27, 2021|Washington Post
It’s not a knock on the multiple industries involved in this Herculean endeavor.A new president takes on one of the biggest vaccine challenges in history|Sy Mukherjee|January 21, 2021|Fortune
I’ve found that things like a knock on the door or loud music can also trigger this effect.
A knock on Strasburg’s mega contract was his inability to stay healthy.Stephen Strasburg should be ‘full-go’ for spring training. The Nats will need him.|Jesse Dougherty|December 17, 2020|Washington Post
That’s not a knock against the device, but rather a reminder to temper your expectations in the face of an endless onslaught of mobile carrier ads promising eyeball-melting speeds.The iPhone 12 Pro is a big upgrade even without the 5G hype|Stan Horaczek|October 28, 2020|Popular-Science
This reporter knocked at the Wilkins home on Tuesday morning but received neither an answer nor the business end of a shotgun.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods|James Higdon|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I took out my knife, my Ka-Bar, and knocked his teeth out, but they fell into his throat.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
No one likes it when their sandcastle is knocked over, but his reaction is a bit, err, extreme.
Twenty minutes after the interview was over, the translator knocked on my hotel room door.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are a few Orc killings that we actually got knocked back.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth|Alex Suskind|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With a hammer the boy knocked off some of the slats of the small box in which Squinty had made his journey.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum
The governor made a strong thrust at him, which almost knocked him down; but showed that he was clad in armor.
It was only a hut of rough boards, carelessly knocked together for a shepherd's temporary home.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
A rough track led to the gate, and Frank knocked loudly on an iron-studded door.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
Birdie has fairly taken the fighting edge off Liman von Sanders' two new Divisions: he has knocked them to bits.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for knock
- to daze or kill (a person) by striking on the head
- effectively to prevent the further development of (a plan)
- a blow, push, or raphe gave the table a knock
- the sound so caused
Word Origin for knock
Other Idioms and Phrases with knock
In addition to the idioms beginning with knock
- knock about
- knock back
- knock cold
- knock dead
- knock down
- knock down with a feather
- knock for a loop
- knock into a cocked hat
- knock it off
- knock off
- knock oneself out
- knock on wood
- knock out
- knock over
- knock over with a feather
- knock someone's block off
- knock someone's socks off
- knock the bottom out of
- knock the living daylights out of
- knock the socks off
- knock together
- knock up
- beat (knock) into someone's head
- beat (knock) the living daylights out of
- (knock) down to size
- (knock) off someone's feet
- school of hard knocks