To knock in the head


  • 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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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

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.