To Knock . v.a.
- To affect or change in any respect by blows.
How do you mean removing him?
— — Why, by making him incapable of Othello's place;
knocking out his brains. Shakespeare's Othello.
He that has his chains knocked off, and the prison doors set open to him, is perfectly at liberty. Locke
Time was, a sober Englishman would knock
His servants up, and rise by five o'clock;
Instruct his family in ev'ry rule
And send his wife to church, his son to school. Dryden.
- To dash together; to strike; to collide with a sharp noise.
So when the cook saw my jaws thus knock it,
She would have made a pancake of my pocket. Cleaveland.
At him he lanch'd his spear, and pierc'd his breast;
On the hard earth the Lycian knock'd his head,
And lay supine; and forth the spirit fled. Dryden
'Tis the sport of statesmen,
When heroes knock their knotty heads together,
And fall by one another. Rowe
- To Knock down. To fell by a blow.
He began to knock down his fellow citizens with a great deal of zeal, and to fill all Arabia with an unnatural medley of religion and bloodshed. Addison's Freeholder, №. 50.
A man who is gross in a woman's company, ought to be knocked down with a club. Clarissa
- To Knock on the head. To kill by a blow; to destroy.
He betook himself to his orchard, and walking there was knocked on the head by a tree. South's Sermons
Excess, either with an apoplexy, knocks a man on the head; or with a fever, like fire in a strong-water-shop, burns him down to the ground. Grew's Cosmol.