knock

I.
vb
British
1.
to kill. A recent, racier variant of knock off or hit.
► 'I've never spoken to anyone I'm going to knock.' (Hitman quoted in the Observer, 31 May 1987)
2.
to have sex (with). A 300-year-old usage which has been rare since the early 1960s. It now survives mainly in variations such as knock off, knocked up or knocking shop.
3.
to criticise, disparage. The use of knock to mean deprecate is no longer, strictly speaking, slang; it has been employed in this sense since the 19th century.
4.
to cheat. An item of underworld slang.
► They tried to convince her it was a fair deal, but she definitely got knocked.
5.
to steal. The term is heard particularly in the Scottish Lowlands and the north of England.
► Willie and Andy knocked a couple of vid-eos from out the flats.
II.
the knock
n
British
1.
stolen goods, criminal booty. A police and underworld term derived from knock off in the sense of to steal.
2a.
credit, hire purchase. This meaning is usually expressed by the phrase to buy something 'on the knock'.
2b.
a loss or bad debt (a knocker is a debtor or welcher). The phrase usually forms part of a longer expression such as 'take the knock' or 'get the knock'. Knock here may originally refer to 'financial damage' or to the rapping of the table by a player who cannot take his or her turn in cards or dominoes.
3.
the arrival of the police at one's home, or of a summons to appear in court. From the ominous knock at the door.
► Charlie got the knock last night.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

Synonyms:
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  • knock — [näk] vi. [ME knokken < OE cnocian, akin to ON knoka, MHG knochen, to press < echoic base > KNACK] 1. to strike a blow or blows with the fist or some hard object; esp., to rap on a door 2. to bump; collide; clash 3. to make a thumping,… …   English World dictionary

  • Knock — (n[o^]k), v. t. 1. To strike with something hard or heavy; to move by striking; to drive (a thing) against something; as, to knock a ball with a bat; to knock the head against a post; to knock a lamp off the table. [1913 Webster] When heroes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • Knock — ist der Name einer Landschaft in der Nähe von Emden, siehe: Knock (Ostfriesland) eines Marienwallfahrtsortes in Irland, County Mayo, siehe Knock (County Mayo) des in der Nähe gelegenen Flughafens Knock (Ireland West Airport Knock) eines Ortes in… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Knock — Knock, n. 1. A blow; a stroke with something hard or heavy; a jar. [1913 Webster] 2. A stroke, as on a door for admittance; a rap. A knock at the door. Longfellow. [1913 Webster] A loud cry or some great knock. Holland. [1913 Webster] {Knock off} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Knock — Knock. Knock es una localidad de Irlanda situada en el condado de Mayo, provincia de Connacht, en la costa oeste de la isla. Tiene cerca de 600 habitantes. Es famosa porque se dice que aquí se aparecieron la Virgen María, san José, Jesús en forma …   Wikipedia Español

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