knock off


knock off
verb
1. get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing (Freq. 3)
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The mafia liquidated the informer

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the double agent was neutralized

Syn: ↑neutralize, ↑neutralise, ↑liquidate, ↑waste, ↑do in
Derivationally related forms: ↑liquidation (for: ↑liquidate), ↑liquidator (for: ↑liquidate)
Hypernyms: ↑kill
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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They want to knock off the prisoners

2. cut the price of (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑shave
Hypernyms:
reduce, ↑cut down, ↑cut back, ↑trim, ↑trim down, ↑trim back, ↑cut, ↑bring down
Hyponyms: ↑mark down
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

3. write quickly
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She dashed off a note to her husband saying she would not be home for supper

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He scratched off a thank-you note to the hostess

Syn: ↑dash off, ↑scratch off, ↑toss off, ↑fling off
Topics: ↑writing, ↑authorship, ↑composition, ↑penning
Hypernyms: ↑write, ↑compose, ↑pen, ↑indite
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Did he knock off his major works over a short period of time?

4. stop pursuing or acting
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drop a lawsuit

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knock it off!

Syn: ↑drop
Hypernyms: ↑discontinue, ↑stop, ↑cease, ↑give up, ↑quit, ↑lay off
Hyponyms: ↑nolle pros, ↑nolle prosequi, ↑nol.pros.
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s

5. take by theft
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Someone snitched my wallet!

Syn: ↑hook, ↑snitch, ↑thieve, ↑cop, ↑glom
Derivationally related forms: ↑thieving (for: ↑thieve), ↑thievery (for: ↑thieve), ↑snitcher (for: ↑snitch)
Hypernyms: ↑steal
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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informal stop work

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knock off [phrasal verb]
informal
1 knock off or knock (something) off or knock off (something) : to stop doing something (such as work)

We are going to knock off for lunch in 10 minutes.

The boss said we could knock off early today. = The boss said we could knock off work early today.

— often used as a command to tell someone to stop doing something immediately

Knock off your fighting right now!

I told you two kids to knock it off!

2 knock (something) off or knock off (something)
2 a : to do or make (something) very quickly

He knocked off 10 paintings in 4 days.

We are planning to knock this project off in a weekend.

2 b : to take (an amount) away from something

He agreed to knock off 10 dollars from the price. [=to reduce the price by 10 dollars]

This shortcut will knock at least 100 miles off the journey.

2 c US : to steal money or things from (a bank or store)

They knocked off [=knocked over] a jewelry store.

2 d chiefly Brit : to steal (something)

They knocked off a lot of valuable merchandise.

2 e US : to make a cheaper copy of (something)

Several other companies knocked off their dress design.

— see also knockoff
3 knock (someone) off or knock off (someone)

He tried to knock off two men who owed him money.

Did she really want to knock her husband off?

3 b US : to defeat (someone)

They knocked off the best team in the league.

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Main Entry:knock

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ˌknock ˈoff | ˌknock ˈoff sth derived
(informal) to stop doing sth, especially work

Do you want to knock off early today?

What time do you knock off work?

Let's knock off for lunch.

Main entry:knockderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • knock off — [v1] kill assassinate, do away with*, do in*, dust*, eliminate, execute, finish, liquidate, murder, rub out*, shoot, slay, stab, waste; concept 252 Ant. bear, create knock off [v2] steal filch, knock over, loot, pilfer, pinch, plunder, purloin,… …   New thesaurus

  • Knock off — Knock Knock, n. 1. A blow; a stroke with something hard or heavy; a jar. [1913 Webster] 2. A stroke, as on a door for admittance; a rap. A knock at the door. Longfellow. [1913 Webster] A loud cry or some great knock. Holland. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knock off — desist, stop, 1640s; do hastily, 1817; kill, murder, 1919; from KNOCK (Cf. knock) (v.) + OFF (Cf. off) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Knock-off — n. 1. Act or place of knocking off; that which knocks off; specif. (Mach.), a cam or the like for disconnecting something, as a device in a knitting machine to remove loops from the needles. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. A {knockoff}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Knock-off — a. That knocks off; of or pertaining to knocking off. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knock off — knock off, v. i. & t. 1. to quit (working). [PJC] 2. to accomplish; frequently used when the task is accomplished rapidly. [PJC] 3. to kill; to defeat (opponents). [Colloq.] [PJC] 4. to discount, to deduct (a sum from a price). [PJC] 5. to rob.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knock off — (something) to stop work for a time. When do you knock off for the day? We knocked off work at six o clock …   New idioms dictionary

  • knock off — knock off, n. a device in a knitting machine to remove loops from the needles. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knock|off — «NOK F, OF», noun. 1. the act of knocking off. 2. a device for knocking something off. 3. the point at which something is knocked off. 4. Slang. a copy, usually an unauthorized one and often less expensive than the popular original …   Useful english dictionary

  • knock off — ► knock off informal 1) stop work. 2) produce (a piece of work) quickly and easily. 3) Brit. informal steal. 4) kill. Main Entry: ↑knock …   English terms dictionary

  • knock-off — ► NOUN informal ▪ a copy or imitation …   English terms dictionary


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