Knock into a cocked hat

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Knock into a cocked hat 'to lick out of shape:' to give a profound beating
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Idioms

Knock into a cocked hat - If you knock something or someone into a cocked hat, you are much better.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. coc; Ice. kokkr.

Usage

In literature:

I'm afraid Ive knocked your vinery into a cocked hat.
"Misalliance" by George Bernard Shaw
Basil sprang up with dancing eyes, and with three blows like battering-rams knocked the footman into a cocked hat.
"The Club of Queer Trades" by G. K. Chesterton
Made me s'mad I took a club an' knocked that biler into a cocked hat.
"Eben Holden" by Irving Bacheller
The discovery of evolution has knocked your Christianity into a cocked hat.
"A Far Country, Complete" by Winston Churchill
Chiltern knocks women into a cocked hat.
"A Modern Chronicle, Complete" by Winston Churchill
Now that idea had been knocked into a cocked hat, and my intellect had been knocked with it.
"Kent Knowles: Quahaug" by Joseph C. Lincoln
His belly is knocked into a cocked-hat.
"Letters on an Elk Hunt" by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
We'll knock Jason Sparr's accusations into a cocked hat!
"Dave Porter and the Runaways" by Edward Stratemeyer
There, Jerry, we've had drill enough, thank you; I am knocked into a cocked hat, for my part!
"Red, White, Blue Socks. Part Second" by Sarah L. Barrow
They feared that once more their plans were about to be knocked into a cocked hat.
"Dave Dawson at Casablanca" by Robert Sydney Bowen
The niggers were knocked into a cocked hat.
"Harley Greenoak's Charge" by Bertram Mitford
When he got in he reported the 105 had sprung a tire; it knocked our scheme into a cocked hat.
"The Nerve of Foley" by Frank H. Spearman
Once you've had a chance you'll knock Libby Jaynes into a cocked hat.
"The High Heart" by Basil King
He could knock anyone into a cocked hat in the first round.
"Edgar Saltus: The Man" by Marie Saltus
Everything's being knocked into a cocked hat.
"Sunshine Jane" by Anne Warner
Julia Ward Howe has knocked the orthodoxy into a cocked hat.
"Julia Ward Howe" by Laura E. Richards
This latter spot would serve to knock some of the festival programme ideas into a cocked hat.
"Franz Liszt" by James Huneker
Red wouldn't give in, though, 'n' knocked a policeman into a cocked hat.
"Tramping with Tramps" by Josiah Flynt
Bombay was all stirred up over the war and my itinerary is knocked into a cocked hat.
"A Yankee in the Far East" by George Hoyt Allen
He knew also that he could have knocked the other into a cocked hat in about three minutes.
"The Drunkard" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
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In poetry:

The last badge of victory.
The swarm is knocked into a cocked straw hat.
Elba, Elba, bleb on the sea!
The white busts of marshals, admirals, generals
Worming themselves into niches.
"The Swarm" by Sylvia Plath