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"
Generic synonyms: Kill
Derivative terms: Liquidation, Liquidator
2. Verb. Cut the price of.
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!"
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"
Category relationships: Authorship, Composition, Penning, Writing
Generic synonyms: Compose, Indite, Pen, Write
5. Verb. Stop pursuing or acting. "Knock it off!"
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
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Lexicographical Neighbors of Knock Off
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 ..."