To knock out

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To knock out 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:

After much knocking, an upper window was opened and a head put out, and my dear friend's dear voice called to us.
"Miscellanea" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Pherecydes also says that Theseus also knocked out the bottoms of the Cretan ships, to prevent pursuit.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1" by Various
When were the men who had gone below going to knock out the stoppings of the holes and take to the boat with himself and their commander?
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
If you should be knocked down by a taxi, don't be alarmed and try to creep out from under the thing.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 158, February 11, 1920" by Various
Quite enough to knock a man out, I grant.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
I wanted to tell you that I'm going to knock him silly and get you out of this!
"Square Deal Sanderson" by Charles Alden Seltzer
When it had soaked long enough, he extracted the fuse and proceeded to knock out the powder with a hammer.
"Ladysmith" by H. W. Nevinson
North can't knock you out of that when it comes to a show-down.
"Empire Builders" by Francis Lynde
I had my pipe in my chair by the fire, and knocking the ashes out, I went to the door, and with a hand to my ear listened for his footsteps.
"The Soldier of the Valley" by Nelson Lloyd
He took out his latch-key, and was about to unlock the door, when a loud knocking was heard in the next street.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
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In poetry:

O Michael Malley, O scourge of misfortune!
My brother was no calf of a vagabond cow;
But a well-shaped boy on a height or a hillside,
To knock a low pleasant sound out of a hurling-stick.
"A Lament For Fair-Haired Donough That Was Hanged In Galway" by Lady Augusta Gregory
When sawcie Mirth shall knock or call at doore,
Cry out, Get hence,
Or cry no more.
Almightie God doth grieve, he puts on sense:
I sinne not to my grief alone,
But to my God's too; he doth grone.
"Ephesians IV. 30. "Grieve Not The Holy Spirit, &c."" by George Herbert
There stood they all, with spindle and rok,
Each over the shinbone gave him a knock:
Svend turn'd his steed, in fury, round;
The witches he there has hew'd to the ground.
Look out, look out, Svend Vonved.
"Svend Vonved" by George Borrow
"Glad," says he, "for at twenty-two
Life's so splendid, I hate to go.
There's so much good that a chap might do,
And I've fought from the start and I've suffered so.
'Twould be hard to get knocked out now, you know."
"A Casualty" by Robert W Service
"But a churl comes adrip from the rivers, pants me out, fallen
spent on the floor,
'O King Raedwald, Northumberland marches, and to-morrow knocks
hard at thy door,
Hot for melting thy crown on the hearth!'
Then commend me to Woden and Thor!
"King Raedwald" by Helen Gray Cone
Her husband was a travelling man. One day he spoke to Bill.
Bill pointed out where on the lawn toiled unsuspecting Will.
That ma he struck at Will with his fist, a thing of fear –
He knocked him down, he kicked him, and he trod upon his ear.
"William And Bill" by Edward Dyson

In news:

Gov Chris Christie says his office has compiled a calendar of when utility companies expect to restore electric service to every community knocked out by Superstorm Sandy.
Many people contributed to this effort and we knocked it out in 90 days.
In the social media battle, Pinterest may have what it takes to knock out the others.
The No 51 Phoenix Chevy sustained rear damage Sunday to knock driver Kurt Busch out of his final ride with James Finch Racing.
Utilities in New York City and Long Island report a nor'easter hitting Wednesday has knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers.
Downed line knocks out power to Hanford.
Ever been to a place where the food knocks your eyes out, but when you taste it—blech.
Avon gets off game-winning field goal as time expires to knock out North.
Big props to director Rich Moore, making the switch to features after knocking it out of the park on The Simpsons and Futurama.
The worst hurricane in eight years knocked out power to 239,900 electric cooperative services.
Connecticut's utilities are preparing for another storm just nine days after Superstorm Sandy knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers.
If you've been knocking yourself out at the gym lately, you may not want to read this.
A female bystander was knocked out, checked by paramedics and was fine, according to police reports.
The storm had also knocked all the region's power out, making it impossible to call for help.
Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesKurt Warner was briefly knocked out of the game during the first half in Arizona's loss to New Orleans.
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In science:

The mechanism responsible for the enhancement that brings the theoretical cross section into agreement with the data is multi nucleon knock out, leading to two particle-two hole (2p2h) nuclear final states.
Importance of nuclear effects in the measurement of neutrino oscillation parameters
This acceleration leads to Unruh radiation being felt by the system , and its information carrying bits can then get knocked out of their state into new states.
Effective information loss outside the horizon
The recoil due to the scattering of photons knocks atoms out of the condensate and depletes it with a rate γs .
Comment on the paper: Quantum backaction of optical observations on Bose-Einstein condensates by U. Leonhardt, T. Kiss, and P. Piwnicki, Eur. Phys. J. D7, 413 (1999)
Results are presented for proton knock-out from closed-shell nuclei, for moderate to high momentum transfer.
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
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