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Knock (verb active)

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To Knock . v.a.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    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.

                    'Tis the sport of statesmen,
    When heroes knock their knotty heads together,
    And fall by one another.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Cleveland, John (10) · Dryden, John (788) · Grew, Nehemiah (36) · Locke, John (269) · Shakespeare's Othello (60) · Richardson, Samuel (11) · Rowe, Nicholas (21) · South, Robert (158)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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