Definition of Knock off

1. Verb. Get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing. "They want to knock off the prisoners "; "The double agent was neutralized"

Exact synonyms: Do In, Liquidate, Neutralise, Neutralize, Waste
Generic synonyms: Kill
Derivative terms: Liquidation, Liquidator

2. Verb. Cut the price of.
Exact synonyms: Shave
Generic synonyms: Bring Down, Cut, Cut Back, Cut Down, Reduce, Trim, Trim Back, Trim Down
Specialized synonyms: Mark Down

3. Verb. Take by theft. "Someone snitched my wallet!"
Exact synonyms: Cop, Glom, Hook, Snitch, Thieve
Generic synonyms: Steal
Derivative terms: Snitcher, Thievery, Thieving

4. Verb. Write quickly. "Did he knock off his major works over a short period of time?"; "He scratched off a thank-you note to the hostess"
Exact synonyms: Dash Off, Fling Off, Scratch Off, Toss Off
Category relationships: Authorship, Composition, Penning, Writing
Generic synonyms: Compose, Indite, Pen, Write

5. Verb. Stop pursuing or acting. "Knock it off!"
Exact synonyms: Drop
Specialized synonyms: Nol.pros., Nolle Pros, Nolle Prosequi
Generic synonyms: Cease, Discontinue, Give Up, Lay Off, Quit, Stop

Definition of Knock off

1. Noun. (idiomatic) An imitation, especially one of poorer quality. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To bump or hit so that something falls off ¹

3. Verb. (idiomatic intransitive) To quit; stop doing work or other activity. The term originated from the practice aboard slave galleys to have a man beat time for the rowers by knocking on a block or drum; when he stopped, the rowers could rest. ¹

4. Verb. (idiomatic) To kill someone ¹

5. Verb. (idiomatic) To reduce or remove ¹

6. Verb. (idiomatic) To steal. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Knock Off

knock around
knock back
knock box
knock boxes
knock cold
knock down
knock for a loop
knock into a cocked hat
knock it off
knock knee
knock knock
knock knock joke
knock knock jokes
knock knocks
knock off (current term)
knock off someone's block
knock on
knock on wood
knock out
knock out of the box
knock over
knock rummy
knock someone's block off
knock someone's socks off
knock someone off his perch
knock the living daylights out of
knock together
knock up

Literary usage of Knock off

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Writings of Mark Twain [pseud.] by Mark Twain, Charles Dudley Warner (1889)
"Do they knock off at noon ?" "knock off?" "knock off?—yes, knock off. What is the matter with knock off? I never saw such a dunderhead; can't you understand ..."

2. Modern Steam Engineering in Theory and Practice: A New, Complete, and by Gardner Dexter Hiscox, Newton Harrison (1907)
"As the latch on the bell-crank moves, it reaches a stationary knock- off cam, ... Hence, as soon as the knock-off cam causes the latch to release, ..."

3. A Cyclopædic Dictionary of the Mang'anja Language Spoken in British Central by David Clement Ruffelle Scott (1892)
"... knock the mat down to knock off the insects that infest it, a basket to knock out the flour that remains in it. Gwa I STRONG, FIRM, hard ; of the body ..."

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