knockout drops


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n knockout drops chloral hydrate in combination with alcohol; usually administered surreptitiously to make the drinker unconscious
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl knockout drops Drops of any drug, used to a person to fall asleep or become unconscious or stupefied for the purpose of robbery, etc.; they are usually mixed into a drink so that the person consuming it does so unknowingly. One compound used for this purpose is chloral hydrate .
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In literature:

You round up that lead pill and I'll endure the grief without knockout drops.
"Bucky O'Connor" by William MacLeod Raine
In this last he suspected knockout drops.
"The Vision Spendid" by William MacLeod Raine
He never saw a bludgeon in his life; and he scorned knockout drops.
"Strictly Business" by O. Henry
He had a horror of knockout drops and the police.
"K" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
And he says Peter was knockout drops.
"The Spenders" by Harry Leon Wilson
Acted like somebody 'd slipped him a round o' knockout-drops.
"The Paternoster Ruby" by Charles Edmonds Walk
That's the knockout drop to give her.
"The Man Who Knew" by Edgar Wallace
But Frank Brooks wasn't full of knockout drops this time, and with a clear head he was no pushover.
"Deadly City" by Paul W. Fairman
Probably it was knockout drops.
"The Bradys' Chinese Clew" by Francis Worcester Doughty
I take it, though, that there's some play with knockout drops, or something of the sort.
"Loaded Dice" by Ellery H. Clark