knock up
transitive verb Date: 1592 1. British rouse, summon 2. sometimes vulgar to make pregnant

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • knock up — 1660s in sense of arouse by knocking at the door, from KNOCK (Cf. knock) (v.). However it is little used in this sense in American English, where the phrase means get a woman pregnant (1813), possibly ultimately from knock to copulate with… …   Etymology dictionary

  • knock up — Care needs to be taken with this phrasal verb, which in BrE means ‘to wake by knocking on the door’ and in AmE (and increasingly in BrE too) means ‘to make pregnant’. In intransitive use, to knock up is to practise tennis strokes before the start …   Modern English usage

  • knock up — ► knock up 1) informal, chiefly N. Amer. make (a woman) pregnant. 2) Brit. make (something) hurriedly. Main Entry: ↑knock …   English terms dictionary

  • knock-up — knockˈ up noun (in tennis, etc) practice immediately before a match • • • Main Entry: ↑knock …   Useful english dictionary

  • knock-up — n BrE the time before a tennis match officially starts when the players hit the ball to each other for practice →↑warm up …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • knock-up — ► NOUN Brit. ▪ (in racket sports) a period of practice play before a game …   English terms dictionary

  • knock|up — «NOK UHP», noun. Especially British. warmup: »The second set lasted no longer than a knockup (London Times) …   Useful english dictionary

  • knock up — verb make pregnant He impregnated his wife again • Syn: ↑impregnate, ↑bang up, ↑prang up • Derivationally related forms: ↑impregnation (for: ↑impregnate) …   Useful english dictionary

  • knock up — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you knock something up, you make it or build it very quickly, using whatever materials are available. [INFORMAL] [V n P n (not pron)] Could you possibly knock me up some scrambled eggs?... [V P n (not pron)] Any water skiing… …   English dictionary

  • knock up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms knock up : present tense I/you/we/they knock up he/she/it knocks up present participle knocking up past tense knocked up past participle knocked up 1) British informal same as knock together It doesn t take… …   English dictionary

  • knock-up — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms knock up : singular knock up plural knock ups British a period of practice before a match in tennis or a similar sport …   English dictionary

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