To knock under
Knock Knock (n[o^]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Knocked} (n[o^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Knocking}.] [OE. knoken, AS. cnocian, cnucian; prob. of imitative origin; cf. Sw. knacka. Cf. {Knack}.] 1. To drive or be driven against something; to strike against something; to clash; as, one heavy body knocks against another. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. To strike or beat with something hard or heavy; to rap; as, to knock with a club; to knock on the door. [1913 Webster]

For harbor at a thousand doors they knocked. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. --Matt. vii. 7. [1913 Webster]

3. To practice evil speaking or fault-finding; to criticize habitually or captiously. [Slang, U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{To knock about}, to go about, taking knocks or rough usage; to wander about; to saunter. [Colloq.] ``Knocking about town.'' --W. Irving.

{To knock up}, to fail of strength; to become wearied or worn out, as with labor; to give out. ``The horses were beginning to knock up under the fatigue of such severe service.'' --De Quincey.

{To knock off}, to cease, as from work; to desist.

{To knock under}, to yield; to submit; to acknowledge one's self conquered; -- an expression probably borrowed from the practice of knocking under the table with the knuckles, when conquered. ``Colonel Esmond knocked under to his fate.'' --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To knock about — Knock Knock (n[o^]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Knocked} (n[o^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Knocking}.] [OE. knoken, AS. cnocian, cnucian; prob. of imitative origin; cf. Sw. knacka. Cf. {Knack}.] 1. To drive or be driven against something; to strike against… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To knock off — Knock Knock (n[o^]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Knocked} (n[o^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Knocking}.] [OE. knoken, AS. cnocian, cnucian; prob. of imitative origin; cf. Sw. knacka. Cf. {Knack}.] 1. To drive or be driven against something; to strike against… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To knock up — Knock Knock (n[o^]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Knocked} (n[o^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Knocking}.] [OE. knoken, AS. cnocian, cnucian; prob. of imitative origin; cf. Sw. knacka. Cf. {Knack}.] 1. To drive or be driven against something; to strike against… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knock under — intransitive verb archaic : to admit defeat : give in : give up : yield why should we knock under and go with the stream H.D.Thoreau * * * knock under (archaic) To give in, yield • • • Main Entr …   Useful english dictionary

  • Knock — (n[o^]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Knocked} (n[o^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Knocking}.] [OE. knoken, AS. cnocian, cnucian; prob. of imitative origin; cf. Sw. knacka. Cf. {Knack}.] 1. To drive or be driven against something; to strike against something;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To knuckle to — Knuckle Knuc kle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Knuckled};; p. pr. & vb. n. {Knuckling}.] To yield; to submit; used with down, to, or under. [1913 Webster] {To knuckle to}. (a) To submit to in a contest; to yield to. [Colloq.] See {To knock under}, under… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Knock Castle (Aberdeenshire) — Knock Castle is a ruined tower house in Aberdeenshire, north east Scotland. It is typical of the traditional type of residence of a laird, a Scottish landed gentleman. The Castle sits in a strong position on a knoll in a field on the south side… …   Wikipedia

  • Knock Shrine — Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland Basilica. Knock Shrine (Irish: Scrín Chnoc Mhuire) is a major Roman Catholic pilgrimage site and National Shrine in the village of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland, where it is claimed there was an apparition of the …   Wikipedia

  • knock — v. & n. v. 1 a tr. strike (a hard surface) with an audible sharp blow (knocked the table three times). b intr. strike, esp. a door to gain admittance (can you hear someone knocking?; knocked at the door). 2 tr. make (a hole, a dent, etc.) by… …   Useful english dictionary

  • knock into a cocked hat — phrasal 1. a. : to utterly demolish : ruin knocked all our plans into a cocked hat threatened to knock the industry into a cocked hat …   Useful english dictionary

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