To knock off

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To knock off to cease, as from work; to desist.
    • To knock off to stun or kill by a blow upon the head; hence, to put am end to; to defeat, as a scheme or project; to frustrate; to quash.
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Quotations

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    “The best way to knock the chip off your neighbor's shoulder is to pat him on the back.”

Usage

In literature:

Two gladiators armed with pillows sit astride a spar and try to knock each other off.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
Nothing annoyed me more as a boy than for my cap to be knocked off.
"Brownsmith's Boy" by George Manville Fenn
I should like to knock his head off.
"Glyn Severn's Schooldays" by George Manville Fenn
I heard nothing till you knocked something off on to the floor.
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
We shall have to knock off now.
"To Win or to Die" by George Manville Fenn
Mr Tidey was too much knocked up to set off immediately, so my father gave Dan and me permission to start away by daylight.
"With Axe and Rifle" by W.H.G. Kingston
One of the officers saw him, and told him to knock off.
"Charley Laurel" by W. H. G. Kingston
Night compelled them to knock off before the work was finished.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
He soon became so interested in the work that he was as unwilling to knock off as we were.
"The Boy who sailed with Blake" by W.H.G. Kingston
The others almost simultaneously knocked the ashes off their cigars and brought themselves to attention.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
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In poetry:

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
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:

Arvada police say they have unmasked the " Thong Bandits," a pair of robbers masked in women's undies to knock off a gas station last month.
Minnesota's Democrats would love to knock her off, but Rep Michele Bachmann looks likely to win a fourth term in her redrawn district.
Five lousy minutes ruined 75 excellent minutes of soccer for the Bearden Lady SoccerDawgs in their bid to knock off the state top-ranked team during the Region 2-AAA semifinals Oct 21 in Oak Ridge.
The Dutchmen overcame a 12-point first-half deficit to knock off the previously unbeaten Pride, 69-62.
The Crimson Tide fell behind early and couldn't catch up to freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel and upstart Texas A&M, which joined the Southeastern Conference just in time to knock off the nation's No.
TONKAWA — The Northern Oklahoma College Mavericks men's basketball team rebounded from its first loss of the season late last week by returning to the court Thursday and knocking off the Cowley County (Kan.) Community College Tigers 64-54.
A swarming defense and a big night from quarterback Brandon Mack led to Lafayette knocking off Greenwood 24-7 Friday night at William L Buford Stadium in the opening round of the MHSAA Class 4A playoffs.
The Pierz volleyball team rallied from a two sets to one deficit to knock off host Holdingford 18-25, 25-10, 16-25, 25-20, 15-8, Thursday.
With its opportunities to end its Big 12 losing streak dwindling, Texas Tech knocked off the Jayhawks in double overtime to stretch the skid to 19 games.
0 Want to know a surprising reason to like Sharron Angle, the Republican aiming to knock off Harry Reid.
A guy who's going to knock me off my feet.
Is the secret White House job offer to Congressman Joe Sestak, designed to get h. Now that he's knocked off Arlen Specter and he's the Democratic nomine.
The easiest way to get them off is to knock them out with a punch from the back side.
So this year we've got 10 totally unique and inexpensive stuffers guaranteed to knock their stockings off.
The DeKalb County Tigers knocked off the Upperman Bees 2 to 1 in Smithville Monday.
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In science:

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
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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