knock out

knock out
1. eliminate (Freq. 4)

knock out a target

Hypernyms: ↑extinguish, ↑eliminate, ↑get rid of, ↑do away with
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something


Something ——s something

2. knock unconscious or senseless (Freq. 2)

the boxing champion knocked out his opponent in a few seconds

Syn: ↑knock cold, ↑kayo
Derivationally related forms: ↑knockout
Hypernyms: ↑beat, ↑beat up, ↑work over
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s somebody


They want to knock out the prisoners

3. destroy or break forcefully (Freq. 1)

The windows were knocked out

Hypernyms: ↑remove, ↑take, ↑take away, ↑withdraw
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

4. overwhelm with admiration

All the guys were knocked out by her charm

Hypernyms: ↑overwhelm, ↑overpower, ↑sweep over, ↑whelm, ↑overcome, ↑overtake
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s somebody


Something ——s somebody

5. empty (as of tobacco) by knocking out

knocked out a pipe

Hypernyms: ↑empty
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

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knock out [phrasal verb]
1 knock (someone or something) out or knock out (someone or something)
1 a : to make (a person or animal) unconscious

The drug knocked him out.

The force of the collision knocked him out. [=knocked him cold]

He hit his head against the table when he fell and knocked himself out.

1 b boxing : to defeat (an opponent) with a punch that knocks the opponent down for a certain amount of time

He was knocked out in the third round.

— see also knockout 1, 1
1 c : to defeat (an opponent) in a competition so that the opponent cannot continue

My team was the favorite to win the championship, but we were knocked out (of the competition) in the third round.

1 d baseball : to cause (a pitcher) to be removed from the game by getting many hits

The starting pitcher was knocked out (of the game) in the fourth inning.

2 knock (something) out or knock out (something)
2 a : to cause (something) to stop working

Missiles knocked out the television station.

The storm knocked out electricity across the state.

2 b : to produce (something) very quickly

a musical group that just keeps knocking out hit records

3 knock (yourself) out informal
3 a : to make (yourself) very tired by doing work

They knocked themselves out trying to build a garage.

I knocked myself out [=I worked very hard] to get the job done on time.

3 b US
— used to tell someone to go ahead and do something

“Do you mind if I use this exercise machine first?” “Knock yourself out.”

4 knock (someone) out informal : to make a very strong and good impression on (someone)

Her beauty just knocks me out. [=I think she is very beautiful]

Everyone was knocked out by his suggestion. [=everyone liked his suggestion very much]

— see also knockout 2, 1
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Main Entry:knock

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