knock out


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v knock out destroy or break forcefully "The windows were knocked out"
    • v knock out empty (as of tobacco) by knocking out "knocked out a pipe"
    • v knock out eliminate "knock out a target"
    • v knock out knock unconscious or senseless "the boxing champion knocked out his opponent in a few seconds"
    • v knock out overwhelm with admiration "All the guys were knocked out by her charm"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It's safe to make love while parked in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Police officers aren't allowed to walk up and knock on the window. Any suspicious officer who thinks that sex is taking place must drive up from behind, honk his horn three times and wait approximately two minutes before getting out of his car to investigate.
    • Knock out to beat in a boxing match, to overcome generally: to lose the scent—of hounds in fox-hunting
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  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other.”
  • Clare Boothe Luce
    “Male supremacy has kept woman down. It has not knocked her out.”
  • 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.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “You will never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.”
  • Muhammad Ali
    “I am the greatest. Not only do I knock em out, I pick the round!”


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


In literature:

A little makes a good knock-out drug, but it's deadly poison in large doses.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
But now that prop was knocked out from under Toby's feet.
"Chums of the Camp Fire" by Lawrence J. Leslie
Maybe the move was to do what was necessary to knock Johnny out.
"Breaking Point" by James E. Gunn
A prompt return compliment knocked Jerry's revolver out of his hand.
"The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service" by James R. Driscoll
It looked like a box with the ends knocked out.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
The whole breath had been knocked out of Ivan's body by those two swift body-blows.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
So the plot to knock Merriwell out was frustrated, and Frank pitched the game through, giving Rockland just four hits.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
The church tower had been knocked out of shape.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
Polter's upflung knee caught me in the stomach, all but knocking the breath out of me.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
Never was knocked out like this before.
"Rival Pitchers of Oakdale" by Morgan Scott

In poetry:

There is a knocking in the skull,
An endless silent shout
Of something beating on a wall,
And crying, “Let me out!”
"Listen..." by Ogden Nash
I cannot keep from thinking
Of poor Marie Antoinette,
She lost her head completely,
But this is what I'll get--
They'll knock the stuffin' out o' me
Without the least regret.
"My Life And Death" by Edwin Carty Ranck
I never saw a face so bright
With brilliant blood and joy,
As was the grinning mug last night
Of Dick, our local boy,
When with a clumsy, lucky clout
He knocked the champion out.
"Local Lad" by Robert W Service
They slept in peace: in marshes here and there no doubt
A sterile dragon lingered to a natural death,
But in a year the spoor had vanished from the heath:
A kobold's knocking in the mountain petered out.
"A New Age" by W H Auden
They slept in peace: in marshes here and there no doubt
A sterile dragon lingered to a natural death,
But in a year the spoor had vanished from the heath;
The kobold's knocking in the mountain petered out.
"In the Time of War, XII" by W H Auden
"On Monday, in the Market Square,
He and his Swanks will all be there,
Sharp to the tick at half-past two,
To knock the stuffing out of you.
And if your stuffing so be spread,
Then is the Cause of Quog stone dead.
"The Debate" by C J Dennis

In news:

With a crushing right hand, Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao in the sixth round of a non-title bout in Las Vegas late Saturday, scoring a definitive victory after three previous bouts that ended in close judgments.
Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, right, knocks out Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, in the sixth round of their WBO world welterweight fight Saturday in Las Vegas.
Manny Pacquiao lies face down on the mat after being knocked out in the sixth round by Juan Manuel Marquez during their welterweight bout in Las Vegas on Saturday.
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Power outages in the New York City area due to Hurricane Sandy have temporarily knocked out video on
Chico fire crews knocked out the blaze in about 20 minutes.
Maquadise Bonsalter got knocked out after hitting a pothole in the Chastain Middle School parking lot and being thrown from his bike.
Alysha Miller of Robesonia with a T-shirt she designed for the Knock Out Hunger T-Shirt contest sponsored by ShopRite Partners In Caring and General Mills Inc. She was one of 15 finalists.
0High winds associated with Sandy could knock out power to residents along the Lake Erie shore.
ANCHORAGE , Alaska – A windstorm that brought gusts of more than 50 mph has knocked out power across much of the Anchorage area.
A lean economy means many of your competitors have been knocked out of the ring.
Ben Dicke, a local actor and director, was inspired, astounded, knocked out, when he saw Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson in New York last year, and he decided it was a show that Denver audiences had to experience.
( Antibiotics are designed to knock out bacteria, but are 100 percent useless against viral infections.
The last team in the major leagues to put a player on the disabled list this season saw seven knocked out of action in just less than six weeks.
Wet snow and high winds spinning off the edge of superstorm Sandy spread blizzard conditions over parts of West Virginia and neighboring Appalachian states Tuesday, shutting one interstate and knocking out power to many.

In science:

One can then greedily choose an independent set of edges, one of each colour. (This is easily seen by noting that choosing an edge knocks out at most four adjacent edges with any particular colour.
Disjoint Hamilton cycles in the random geometric graph
The Spectral Functions for medium-heavy nuclei have been modeled using the Local Density Approximation (LDA) , in which the experimental information obtained from nucleon knock-out measurements is combined with the results of theoretical calculations of the nuclear matter P (p, E ) at different densities.
Importance of nuclear effects in the measurement of neutrino oscillation parameters
Figure 15: MEC effects over the transferred polarization asymmetries P ′l and P ′t for proton knock-out from the p shells in 16O, and q = 460 MeV/c, ω = 100 MeV.
Meson Exchange Currents in (e,e'p) recoil polarization observables
Figure 18: Transferred polarization asymmetries P ′l and P ′t , and their quotient P ′t /P ′l for proton knock-out from the three shells in 16O for q = 1000 MeV/c and ω = 450 MeV.
Meson Exchange Currents in (e,e'p) recoil polarization observables
Results for the responses and transferred polarization asymmetries have been obtained for proton knock-out from the different shells in 16O for quasiperpendicular kinematics with the transfer momentum fixed to q = 460 and 1000 MeV/c.
Meson Exchange Currents in (e,e'p) recoil polarization observables