To knock up


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To knock up (Bookbinding) To arouse by knocking.
    • To knock up to fail of strength; to become wearied or worn out, as with labor; to give out.
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  • Les Brown
    “When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”


In literature:

It was impossible to resist such an appeal: so the two elders crept up stairs, and knocked softly at her chamber-door.
"The Twins" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
I'll pretend to be all knocked up.
"Translations of Shakuntala and Other Works" by Kåalidåasa
I was rather afraid, you know, that you'd hang about in town all through the summer, and that 'ud be bound to knock you up.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
The little girl went bravely up to the hut and knocked on the door.
"Old Peter's Russian Tales" by Arthur Ransome
And here Logan and I have knocked him down, and tied him up, and Logan wanted to torture him.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
Being anxious for shelter he went up to the door and knocked.
"English Fairy Tales" by Flora Annie Steel
He was too much of a coward to attack him openly, and so he slipped up and knocked him down with the butt of my rifle.
"Frank Among The Rancheros" by Harry Castlemon
He went up to it, knocked, and a little servant came to open the door.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume IV (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
Her light hand upon my arm awoke me, not too readily; and leaping up, I seized my club, and prepared to knock down somebody.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
Maria marched up to the Ramsey door and knocked loudly.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
They shall be sent to the capital, but first we must put them in an inclosure while we knock up some kind of a cage.
"The Way of the Wild" by F. St. Mars
He turned, went up to the lodge door and knocked.
"None Other Gods" by Robert Hugh Benson
Bracing himself up and clearing his throat, he prepared to knock and enter.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, May 30, 1917" by Various
He tried to sit up, but was knocked flat.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
These ropes were placed at such a height as to knock a man from his horse if he came riding up at a great speed.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The Kashalla vexed me very much by taking my camel to transport a portion of baggage, his own camel knocking up.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
Al-ice went up to the door and knocked.
"Alice in Wonderland" by J.C. Gorham
He went up to Sir Edward's cabin and knocked at the door.
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
In the middle of the night Mr. Gray Moose knocked on her door, and said that he had a cousin going up to town.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
One bird jumped up to Frank, which he knocked over.
"Warwick Woodlands" by Henry William Herbert (AKA Frank Forester)

In poetry:

For he of all men loves thee best:
He haunts the heavenly clock;
Ah, he has long been up and drest
To open to thy knock!
"To G. M. T." by George MacDonald
Here's to them who, ne'er reviling,
Took the knock and came up smiling -
Battlers with their steadfast gaze
Fixed ahead on better days.
"A New Year's Toast" by C J Dennis
Ae Saturday nicht, a wee ere twal',
As Grizzy an' Gibby sat,
A' at ance cam' a queer, queer knock to the door,
That wauken'd up the cat.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
I am the one the horse knocks down,
up to my eyes in dirt, a cipher,
and yet I play with knives of pain
too monstrous for man's heart to suffer.
"Tumble Out Of The Flood: [Bukj föl az árból]" by Attila Jozsef
A long-haired shepherd we chanced to meet
With a water bag, billy, and dog complete;
He came too close to a knocked up steer,
Who up a sapling made him clear.
"Song of the Squatter" by Anonymous Oceania
So a policeman chanced to come up at the time,
And he asked of me the cause of the shine,
Says I, he threatened to knock me down
When I challenged him for walking with my Biddy Brown.
"The Rattling Boy from Dublin" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

It's easy to say that Juno is the movie that Knocked Up should have been.
After you've knocked out your usual cleaning checklist, here's a new challenge to consider: Are you up for spring-cleaning your sex life.
Abner Mares , who grew up in Hawaiian Gardens, wants to knock out Anselmo Moreno on Saturday at Staples Center and then set up a bout against Nonito Donaire.
SMITHFIELD — A 14-year-old paperboy says a goat knocked him to the ground and chased him up a tree during his morning route.
Taxpayers will be picking up the cost for repairs to the Syracuse area's 911 emergency communications center after it was knocked out by a lightning strike last summer.
( Louie ) didn't have to wait nearly as long for recognition from his peers, showing up in the comedy actor field and knocking out reigning Emmy champ and last year's nominee Jon Cryer in the process.
So did his teammates, the media and the 71,530 who showed up at the Rose Bowl to watch the Bruins knock off No 16 Nebraska 36-30.
It appeared to be a clear crime on video: Nicholas Marr of Sebastian walked up to a shirtless man, wound up his left hand and threw a punch, knocking him unconscious.
Well, they're back in "This is 40," a comedy billed as the "sort-of sequel" to "Knocked Up" that focuses on Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Pete (Paul Rudd) as they face middle-age .
Fans knew him best for a series of blockbuster comedies, from "Knocked Up," to "Superbad" to "Get Him to the Greek.".
A knock on the door wakes me up and it's my upstairs neighbor wondering whether she, fiddling with building's water source, has accidentally turned off the water to my apartment.
From Jets coach Rex Ryan cussing up a blue streak to the Cowboys being the Cowboys, you have to love the uncensored greatness of HBO's "Hard Knocks".
Setliff then knocks down a three and a field goal for the Lady Eagles to go up 7-0.
A kinda sorta sequel to "Knocked Up," director Judd Apa.
Scola was knocked to the floor in the 3rd quarter in Saturday's game against Minnesota and Love turned up court only to stomp on Scola's face and chest.