To knock on the head

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To knock on the head 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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Usage

In literature:

I bought that little article you have in your pocket seriously meaning to knock you on the head with it.
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
It was a real blow, our trip knocked on the head again, and now how were we to get on?
"My War Experiences in Two Continents" by Sarah Macnaughtan
It had been all I could do to keep myself within bounds and refrain from knocking this contemptible cur on the head.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
This is where the fellows used to come to attack the castle, and get knocked on the head.
"Three Boys" by George Manville Fenn
You don't want to get me knocked on the head?
"Patience Wins" by George Manville Fenn
If they come, they are pretty sure to find this house out; and, if they get hold of us, to knock us on the head or cut our throats.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
To knock some of the little animals on the head, was the work of a minute.
"Manco, the Peruvian Chief" by W.H.G. Kingston
Several of the blacks, however, passed us, but these were in too great a hurry to escape to knock us on the head.
"Saved from the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
Seeing this, the blacks made a rush at us, I thought all was over, and expected to be knocked on the head and thrown overboard.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
If they fall in with us, they will knock us on the head to a certainty.
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home,
Let him combat for that of his neighbours;
Let him think of the glories of Greece and of Rome,
And get knock'd on the head for his labours.
"Impromptus" by Lord George Gordon Byron

In news:

As you can imagine it fought hard and the first time I tried to get it onto my float tube it slapped me in the face, knocked my hat off and turned my sunglasses sideways on my head.
RENTON — Two former college teammates will knock heads for the first time as professional athletes when the Seattle Seahawks travel to Miami to face the Dolphins on Sunday.
Jaxon Gessel of Smithfield, about 90 miles north of Salt Lake City, said he was delivering papers on his bicycle Tuesday morning when a goat attacked him, head-butting him and knocking him to the ground.
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