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  • noun Plural form of knockback.


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  • By the time Harte's contract expires next summer he will be on the verge of his 35th birthday, but it seems that despite the knockbacks his appetite remains undimmed.

    Reject Ian Harte beating strongly as Reading push for Premier League 2011

  • It is utterly demoralising, but those at the bottom are emotionally ill equipped to deal with a world of permanent knockbacks and refusals.

    UK riots: Our wounded nation will not be healed by vengeful gestures | Will Hutton and Henry Porter 2011

  • But you put every ounce of yourself into your job, and you keep getting knockbacks, all the time.

    Public sector strikes - Wednesday 30 November 2011

  • All through my career I've had knockbacks, and then I think: 'Bollocks to you lot' – like my babywear range, that was going to be in Mothercare, then Selfridges wanted it, but obviously they all want their cut.

    Katie Price: 'People think I'm not normal' 2010

  • However, Mr. Nasser said the knockbacks wouldn ' t make BHP change its oft-stated strategy of only pursuing companies that are leaders in their fields.

    BHP to Keep Pursuing Large Acquisitions Despite Failed Potash Bid David Fickling 2010

  • Parents are increasingly challenging teachers over their child's minor failures at school, such as doing badly in a spelling test or missing out on the lead role in the school play, because they claim such knockbacks are damaging to the child's confidence.

    Archive 2009-03-01 Dr. Sanity 2009

  • This dominance was notwithstanding ongoing serious knockbacks and livid enemies.

    Archive 2008-07-01 Jack of Kent 2008

  • This dominance was notwithstanding ongoing serious knockbacks and livid enemies.

    On being soft on Brown Jack of Kent 2008

  • I'm finding little joy in dayjob and I find I can't face the constant stream of knockbacks --which come with the territory, alas, the hit rate in TV is one-in-forty, one-in-fifty-- as I once did.

    The dark half of the year. slimmeroftheyea 2006

  • This blog is therapy for me, and seeing my fellow passengers down the pub, emailing each other and reading the messages we send - the small triumphs, the knockbacks - is great healing too.

    Scaring ourselves sick? Rachel 2005


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