knock up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v knock up make pregnant "He impregnated his wife again"
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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 up to rouse by knocking: weary out, or be worn out: to construct hastily:
    • Knock up (U.S.) to get with child
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Quotations

  • Vince Lombardi
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    “It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.”
  • Les Brown
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    “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
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    “If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

She went out of the room and up to her grandfather's chamber and knocked there.
"Jason" by Justus Miles Forman
They started me at a thousand and run me up to a thousand nine hunnerd and fifty and knocked me off.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
The animal seemed to please him; he was knocked up, but showed signs of strength and endurance.
"The Downfall" by Emile Zola
But Jack Paterson knocked up the lad's arm, and caught Tom round the waist, dragging him forcibly away.
"The Pilots of Pomona" by Robert Leighton
Gervais's lackey started forward and knocked up Yeux-gris's arm.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
He is still rather knocked up.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
I was very nearly knocked up myself, but ascended the range and had a very extensive view.
"A Source Book Of Australian History" by Compiled by Gwendolen H. Swinburne
Yes, you are knocked up, and have had nothing to eat, and you'll only spoil your work, as you did the other day.
"His Masterpiece" by Emile Zola
I did most thoroughly enjoy my talk with you three gentlemen, and especially with you, and to my great surprise it has not knocked me up.
"Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by James Marchant
You must begin by knocking down, boy, if you want to build up.
"Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster" by F. Marion Crawford
Do you think I'd be glad if you were knocked up?
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
I was seven days southing to Mamohela, Katomba's camp, and quite knocked up and exhausted.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
A man who cannot get up when he is knocked down is of no use in the world.
"The Young Man and the World" by Albert J. Beveridge
It was the first to knock up.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 1" by James Richardson
Then he got on his high-horse and told me to shut up or he would knock me down.
"The Mystery at Putnam Hall" by Arthur M. Winfield
Then I see Master Horton stoop, and pick up a chunk of stone, and chuck it hard; and it hit the boat and knocked it over.
"With Wolfe in Canada" by G. A. Henty
Poor Hajjee Hannah was quite knocked up by the journey down; I shall take her up in my boat.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon
Well, of all the freaks, to come knocking us up!
"Dead Man's Rock" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Most of them, however, were too much knocked up to exert themselves.
"Hendricks the Hunter" by W.H.G. Kingston
Their officers at the same moment sprang up the companion-hatch, sword in hand, but were knocked over before they could strike a blow.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

Laugh, little bright-eyes, hang up your stocking;
Don't count the days any more;
Old Santa Claus will soon be knocking,
Knocking,
Knocking at the door.
"Hang Up Your Stocking" by Madge Morris Wagner
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
Then laugh, little bright-eyes, and hang up your stocking;
Don't count the days any more;
Old Santa Claus will soon be knocking,
Knocking,
Knocking at the door.
"Hang Up Your Stocking" by Madge Morris Wagner
"Who knocks? I won't get up. I will not open
The spray-soaked door of this old hut. How chill
And how uneasy are the nights of autumn!
And yet its dawns are more uneasy still."
"The Fisherwoman" by Ivan Bunin
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
Chorus: So early in the morning, etc.
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.
"Mustering Song" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Judd Apatow's Knocked Up nails the tragicomedy of adulthood.
Teammates help Missouri guard Morgan Eye up after she was knocked down during the game against Missouri State on Thursday at the Mizzou Arena.
Katherine Heigl's pregnancy plot in Apatow's 2007 comedy , "Knocked Up".
A 'Knocked Up' spinoff is no less likely a tool for Apple's barbed, passionate pop.
Big Bob'll fix you up with some healthcare that will knock your socks off.
A 14-year-old Utah paperboy says a goat knocked him to the ground and chased him up a tree during his morning route.
SMITHFIELD — A 14-year-old paperboy says a goat knocked him to the ground and chased him up a tree during his morning route.
Heavy rain and strong winds are battering Northern California, knocking out power, tying up traffic and causing flooding along some stretches.
The human-powered boats have to keep up a speed of 4 knots (4.6 mph) or they'll knock the entire flotilla 's timing off, Whelan says.
In an unusual encounter during his morning route, a 14-year-old Utah paperboy says a goat knocked him onto the ground and chased him up a tree.
Marian Gaborik of the New York Rangers is to join up with the Slovakia squad for the IIHF World Championship starting Friday after his NHL side were knocked out of the playoffs.
The Wolves' blood is up in their pursuit of a state championship, knocking aside Davison in first round playoff action, 41-0.
Opportunity knocks with Toyota's supplier shake-up .
Pop star Justin Bieber was " shaken up" when a man knocked him to the ground while he was greeting fans outside a Macy's store in New York City.
But going on three months now, Skillet 's been whipping up their knock-you-in-the-chops and beg-for-more ferociously flavored cuisine during evening mealtimes.
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In science:

The occurrence of blow-up can be interpreted physically as the phenomenon by which waves that propagate away from the perturbation knock the director field out of its unperturbed state .
Blow-up phenomena and global existence for a periodic two-component Hunter-Saxton system
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