knock off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v knock off stop pursuing or acting "drop a lawsuit","knock it off!"
    • v knock off get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing "The mafia liquidated the informer","the double agent was neutralized"
    • v knock off write quickly "She dashed off a note to her husband saying she would not be home for supper","He scratched off a thank-you note to the hostess"
    • v knock off take by theft "Someone snitched my wallet!"
    • v knock off cut the price of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The trainees are thrown into a pool with their hands and feet tied wearing snorkeling masks. They are then harassed by their instructors who knock their masks off, spin their bodies, and pull them under in an effort to disorient the student.
    • n knock off a device in a knitting machine to remove loops from the needles.
    • Knock off See knock off in the vocabulary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Knock off to desist, cease: to accomplish hastily
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The best way to knock the chip off your neighbor's shoulder is to pat him on the back.”
  • Mary Ann Allison
    Mary Ann Allison
    “Hire the best. Pay them fairly. Communicate frequently. Provide challenges and rewards. Believe in them. Get out of their way and they'll knock your socks off.”
  • Rita Coolidge
    Rita Coolidge
    “Too often the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it's too late.”

Idioms

Knock your block off - To punch someone in the face Eg : The next time you do something like that I'm going to "knock your block off".
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Knock your socks off - If something knocks your socks off, it amazes and surprises you, usually in a positive way.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cnucian, cnocian; imit. like knack; cf. Gael. cnac, cnag, &c.

Usage

In literature:

Then he flew into a mighty rage, and running out into the hall he aimed a blow at the unfaithful guard, knocking the fellow off his feet.
"Sky Island" by L. Frank Baum
I will not let side issues draw me off from your main plans in which I am to knock Jos.
"The Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman, Complete" by William T. Sherman
The two of them flew up on the dresser and knocked the glass of the lamp off it, and it fell on the floor and was broken.
"The Aran Islands" by John M. Synge
But the Peace knocked that, shares seem off, don't they?
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
It must be a new sensation to stand on one leg and knock a fellow's hat off with the other.
"Rhoda Fleming, Complete" by George Meredith
And Seymour remarked, 'Fifty guineas knocked off her value!
"Evan Harrington, Complete" by George Meredith
They quarrelled in the dressing room, and fetched the foils and knocked off the buttons there.
"Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete" by George Meredith
Sarah led the Mr. Woodseers into a corner knocked off the shop and called a room.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
Well, now it's come to me I don't mean to let it knock me off my feet.
"The Hermit and the Wild Woman and Other Stories" by Edith Wharton
I will not let side issues draw me off from your main plans in which I am to knock Jos.
"Memoirs of Three Civil War Generals, Complete" by U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, P. H. Sheridan
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In poetry:

Whizz mob, help each handy villain,
Else their road will be uphill, and
If you want the gear they knocked
Off, see in floweries they ain't locked.
"Jobelin ballade 4" by Francoise Villon
Next morning the company lined on parade
I stood at attention quite stiff
Then the Sergeant stepped forward and knocked off my pillbox
And worse - he untidied me quiff.
"Sam Drummed Out" by Weston and Lee
"'What if the moon went in eclipse?'
Said little Johnny Brown;
'Or if the clouds turned into rain
And sent you drizzling down?
Or if a thunder-bolt went off
And knocked you rather flat?'
"January" by Nancy Byrd Turner
Oh! it was horrible to hear the cries of that surging crowd,
Yelling and crying for "Help! help!" aloud;
While one old woman did fret and frown
Because her clothes were torn off when knocked down.
"The Burning of the People's Variety Theatre, Aberdeen" by William Topaz McGonagall
Hairy-faced Dick, linstock in hand,
Is waiting that grim-looking Skipper's command:—
A wink comes sly
From that sinister eye—
Hairy-faced Dick at once lets fly,
And knocks off the head of young Hamilton Tighe!
"The Legend Of Hamilton Tighe" by Richard Harris Barham
An', when the knock-off whistle blew, Ben Murray he came by,
An' says he'd like that private talk, but, "Pickle it," says I.
"'Twill have to keep til later on." He answers, "As you like."
Soon after that I saw him talkin' earnest with old Pike.
"The Vision" by C J Dennis

In news:

The crystal football Alabama won for beating LSU in the BCS championship game in January was shattered on A-Day when it was accidentally knocked off a display by the father of a current player.
Here's one lesser-known impact of Miami's failure to knock off Dallas in the Finals: It denied the Heat the top spot in my ranking of the greatest trios of all time.
Cyclist dies after being knocked off Charleston bridge.
The Dale Lady Pirates, led by Breck Clark's 17 points, knocked off host Roff, 50-29, Tuesday night.
Lemoore Tigers knock off injured Pioneers 21-7.
Men's Basketball: Generals knock off #2 Delhi .
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Generals knock off No.
Spencer Frixione scored 20 points and Max Schreiner added 12 more as Springville knocked off visiting Desert Hills in a battle of undefeated teams.
Thirty years after pulling off one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history, Chaminade knocked off another big-time opponent.
Following an 11-point halftime deficit, the Spires rallied to knock off its hosts 96-86.
Kevin Garnett scored a team-high 19 points on 9- of-11 shooting and the Boston Celtics knocked off the.
5 seed who had knocked off No.
Gaffney knocks off Dutch Fork for Class 4A state crown.
Bell knocks off Jameson in General Sessions judge race.
After getting knocked off in the Manhattan Cup semifinal last year, St Joe's believes more depth will help in this year's playoffs.
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In science:

We ran Monte Carlo simulations with random host graphs G which is fixed over the experiment, where each vertex is knocked off with probability p.
On index expectation and curvature for networks
There is an electrical potential applied to the wires so atomic electrons knocked off the atoms in the gas drift to a positively charged sense wire.
Proceedings for TASI 2009 Summer School on "Physics of the Large and the Small": Introduction to the LHC experiments
The field is knocked off from the homogeneous mode because of these processes which make the spectrum smooth.
Topological Defects Formation after Inflation on Lattice Simulation
They also knock the field off from the zero mode to broaden and smooth the spectrum, which in turn stimulates further decays of the homogeneous mode into all the modes.
Topological Defects Formation after Inflation on Lattice Simulation
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