To knock in the head

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To knock in the head to stun or kill by a blow upon the head; hence, to put am end to; to defeat, as a scheme or project; to frustrate; to quash.
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Usage

In literature:

The head of the keg was quickly knocked in, and the eyes of the savages seemed positively to flash as they gazed upon the precious fluid.
"The Wild Man of the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
Robina tried to help but in the tussle she was knocked down, striking her head on a leg of the overturned chair.
"The Premiere" by Richard Sabia
The intenshun is, to knock all o' 'em on the head, soon's we come in sight o' land.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
If every time I get a big idea, he's going to knock it in the head, what's the use of having an imagination?
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
Knock the head in, spill it, and set a match to it.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
They've fetched their squaws an' boys along to knock the wounded an' dyin' in the head.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Some ruffian's knocked her on the head, tied a stone to her feet, and flung her in.
"Border Ghost Stories" by Howard Pease
Once in the orchard, Jolly led Jimmy to the spot where he had seen Johnnie Green knock off the giant's head with the snowball.
"The Tale of Jolly Robin" by Arthur Scott Bailey
All in all, it is a relief to have this other affair knock it in the head.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
The porter knocked in the head, and threw tin cups to the crowd.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
How I longed to fall on that herd of swine and knock their heads together in the moment of their revelry!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He sighed as he lifted his head to say "Come in," for some one had knocked timidly at the door.
"Fairfax and His Pride" by Marie Van Vorst
How did you ever manage to grow so big in that house, George, without knocking a hole in the roof with your hard head?
"Hammer and Anvil" by Friedrich Spielhagen
I was inspector in April and Pearson told me if the men did not do what I told them to take a club and knock their damned heads off.
"The Pullman Boycott" by W. F. Burns
Such rampant ignorance ought to be knocked in the head!
"The Impending Crisis of the South" by Hinton Rowan Helper
And even if you are persuaded, the suggestion to put it off till to-morrow or next week will knock it all in the head.
"Steve P. Holcombe, the Converted Gambler" by Rev. Gross Alexander
Twelve escaped to shore: the rest were knocked on the head in the water.
"The Monarchs of the Main, Volume III (of 3)" by Walter Thornbury
Shall not we knock our sublime heads against the stars, if we continue to ascend in this indefinite way?
"British Quarterly Review, American Edition, Volume LIV" by Various
In reply to our cries and knocks, Arnold raised the curtain and we saw first his head, then Sim's, black against the lighted room.
"The Great Quest" by Charles Boardman Hawes
In truth we didn't know what to do with him, and I was half for knocking him on the head to be done with it, but von Krugen wouldn't.
"A Dash .. .. .. For a Throne" by Arthur W. Marchmont
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In poetry:

And in that knock down she fractures her head,
And perhaps the poor wife she is killed dead,
Whereas, if there was no strong drink to be got,
To be killed wouldn't have been the poor wife's lot.
"The Demon Drink" by William Topaz McGonagall
He cares na for the string o' pirns we hing aboot his neck;
The ase-hole gets his rattle, an' his yellow Jumpin'-Jeck;
He knocks his horse's head in twa, and pu's away the tail,
Then flings the rest, to hear a splash, richt in the water pail.
"Oor Johnnie" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Actor Shia LaBeouf was knocked to the ground and repeatedly punched in the head during a wild brawl outside a nightclub in Vancouver, British Columbia.
As you can imagine it fought hard and the first time I tried to get it onto my float tube it slapped me in the face, knocked my hat off and turned my sunglasses sideways on my head.
Jermaine Thomas ran for two touchdowns, Florida State scored 20 straight points to take control and the Seminoles knocked off No 18 West Virginia 33-21 in the final game of Bowden's storied 44-year career as a head coach.
But in the 110th minute of a riveting World Cup final in 2006 against Italy , Zidane lowered his head and rammed Materazzi's chest, knocking him to the ground.
Oklahoma State's Wes Lunt was hit in the head and knocked out of last week's loss to Kansas State.
Photos of the knock-off Apple retail stores in China not good enough for you NBC's "Today" show headed to Kunming, a city in the southwest of the country, that houses just such a store t. 496 days ago.
So France just knocked Ireland out of the World Cup in an overtime qualifier, and did it in a way that finally will allow the French to forget the horrors of Zinedine Zidane's head butt - and send the Irish into an understandable dither.
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