Origin of knockout
Examples from the Web for knockout
The Obama team has won the first round on the six-month agreement with Iran by a knockout.
Indeed, when asked about the “knockout game,” law enforcement has been skeptical.
With the “knockout game,” we have several cases in a handful of cities, as well as five reported deaths.
Have teenagers adopted a new game of random assaults, with the goal of a one-hit “knockout”?
She deliver a knockout performance, helping her clear the second big hurdle: living up to expectations.Oprah Winfrey Should Win an Oscar for ‘The Butler’|Kevin Fallon|August 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He laid him carefully down on the floor, trying feverishly to remember how long a knockout lasted.Young People's Pride|Stephen Vincent Benet
The sealing gum in the Archer's skin worked effectively on the needle-like punctures, but the knockout drug had been delivered.The Planet Strappers|Raymond Zinke Gallun
If Jim has told you that I gave him a knockout to win the race, it's a lie, Pen!Still Jim|Honor Willsie Morrow
So far nobody wants to try for a knockout and go whoosh with the ICBM.I Was a Teen-Age Secret Weapon|Richard Sabia
It was a knockout blow, and I dont mind admitting to you now that for a time my own heart was in my boots.Baseball Joe in the World Series|Lester Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for knockout
- a competition in which competitors are eliminated progressively
- (as modifier)a knockout contest
verb knock out (tr, adverb)
Word Origin and History for knockout
also knock-out, in fighting, 1887, from verbal phrase knock out "to stun by a blow for a 10-count" in boxing, short for to knock out of time; see knock (v.) + out. Slang meaning "attractive person" is from 1892. To knock oneself out "make a great effort" is from 1936.