from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To hit or knock (something), intentionally or accidentally, so that it falls
  • v. To demolish.
  • v. At an auction, to declare (something) sold with a blow from the gavel.
  • v. To reduce the price of.
  • v. To drink fast
  • v. To disassemble for shipment.


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  • But let's not let anyone ever tell us again that guns can't knock down fast-movers.

    On Yankee Station

  • It can be a bit difficult to knock down a clear-weather, air-to-air fighter, such as the Mig, with a heavy, complex fighter-bomber, and that's not the primary job of a fighter-bomber anyway.

    Thud Ridge

  • Why on earth must you come in the back way and knock down all my milk-pans?

    Oldtown Folks

  • Boats of many kinds were ever passing along it, by the painted walls of temples and the gardens that extended around the light summer pavilions, from the pleasure, valley, with one great square sail in pattern and many oars, to the little papyrus skiff dancing on the water and carrying the seekers of pleasure where they could shoot with arrows or knock down with the throw-stick the wild fowl that abounded among the reeds, or engage in the dangerous chase of the hippopotamus or the crocodile.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • If he went down, he would have been faced with the intense small-arms and automatic-weapons fire that even extended down to handguns; and don't ever think that a handgun can't knock down a big bird if it hits the right spot.

    Thud Ridge

  • The result of all this was that we were at one time sending kids out to attack a cement and steel bridge with nothing but 20-millimeter cannon, which is like trying to knock down the Golden Gate Bridge with a slingshot.

    Thud Ridge

  • Just bang and reload and knock down chang-maos like ninepins!

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • And when the servants were finally sent to find Mr. Seaworthy, they would knock down his door only to find him in bed, no longer breathing, holding a picture of his sweet daughter, Petunia Buttermeyer, whose safety Mr. Seaworthy had insured by his boundless servitude to the Master.

    The Lost Children

  • We had for food the crusts and fragments of bread and meat which we had each managed to secrete from the native Prince's table, and once or twice we had some game which the gentlemen managed to knock down or snare, but the danger of lighting

    A Christmas Cake in Four Quarters


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