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  • noun plural (Mining) Large lumps picked out of the sieve, in dressing ore.

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  • noun Plural form of knocking.


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  • Still, the "knockings" are sufficiently mysterious, and if unexposed, sufficiently fruitful of evil, to be legitimate subjects of investigation, and he who under such circumstances is so careful of his dignity as to disregard the subject altogether, is as much mistaken as the gravest buffoon of the circus.

    International Weekly Miscellany - Volume 1, No. 5, July 29, 1850 Various

  • Strange "knockings" were heard in the house, pieces of furniture were moved about as though by invisible hands, and the noises became so troublesome that sleep was impossible.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon 1840-1916 1913

  • I remembered having read somewhere that a Dr. Schiff had shown that he could produce remarkable "knockings," so called, by voluntarily dislocating the great toe and then forcibly drawing it back into its socket.

    The Autobiography of a Quack and the Case of George Dedlow 1871

  • 'knockings' of the demon of Tedworth in the house of a Mr. Mompesson.

    The Superstitions of Witchcraft Howard Williams

  • But in his impressions of Guardian readers, or lyrical knockings of the younger generation the title track cuts off an imagined new-school hater in full flow, to segue into a club sex song, there's genuine humour here – another factor that keeps Wiley a class apart.

    Wiley: Evolve or Be Extinct – review 2012

  • The 1974 team, of course, remains the pinnacle but the last knockings for that formidable core of players in 1978 produced one of the best displays I have ever seen when, inspired by the dazzling wingers Rob Rensenbrink and Johnny Rep, they demolished a capable Austria side 5-1 in the second group stage.

    Holland's World Cup history is a tale of greatness without glory 2010

  • It was a much more balanced, radical political movement in its early knockings.

    Labour leadership race: Good for the candidates, bad for the party 2010

  • No ephemeral ladies in white, knockings or footsteps.

    Archive 2009-12-01 Eeleen Lee 2009

  • No ephemeral ladies in white, knockings or footsteps.

    My 'City of Shared Stories' stories Eeleen Lee 2009

  • This leads me to believe that, regardless of how persistent the knockings of mystery on the door of one's soul, the day-to-day role religion plays in many of our lives is recognized as a social glue -- a shared object of meditation.

    Peter Malof: Obama's Christian Humanism 2008


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