Definition of knock-back in English:



  • A refusal, rejection, or setback.

    ‘don't despair if you have a few knock-backs’
    • ‘It has taken seven years' hard work and several knock-backs along the way for the sports centre committee to get from idea stage to securing the funding and work beginning.’
    • ‘After you've got a few knock-backs from demos you kind of get a sense of how to best present your demos so they don't get looked over.’
    • ‘The knock-back prompted two vicars to quit their posts on the Bishop of Manchester's staff and more than 1,000 people signed an online petition in protest.’
    • ‘She is desperate for work but is deflated by the regular knock-backs.’
    • ‘According to another industry source, which had received a similar knock-back, telecoms firms were even told that if they sent technical staff to advise government they would then be unable to take part in any future bidding process.’
    • ‘Supporters trying to stop the closure of Lowick School have vowed to fight on despite receiving a knock-back in their campaign.’
    • ‘The skills centre project will still go ahead despite the knock-back from the Government, but the council, which will use its own money, will apply again for funding.’
    • ‘The company hoping to create a 560 home ‘rural village’ in Menston has been left reeling after a shock knock-back by Leeds planning councillors.’
    • ‘If you get a knock-back you return six weeks later better prepared.’
    • ‘He has suffered more knock-backs in the last two years than most players will suffer in a career.’
    • ‘But this early knock-back hasn't put Darius off.’
    • ‘Although he's had his fair share of knocks and knock-backs, his passion for the medium hasn't diminished.’
    • ‘For a man not used to rejection, Clooney is taking this latest knock-back on the chin.’
    • ‘Friends of mine have tried this with other men and had mixed results: one pal got a knock-back because the guy thought she was too forward.’
    • ‘The mother-of-two said her only brother had suffered a lot of knock-backs in the last three years, but he remained resolute.’
    • ‘When you lose a leader it's a big knock-back to the group.’
    • ‘The developers then incurred a further knock-back in December when Mary McCarthy decided to appeal the permission that had been granted.’
    • ‘Be prepared for the knock-backs and spending months looking for work.’
    • ‘The harsh reality of life is knock-backs, you have to learn to suffer defeats and disappointments.’
    • ‘At the same time, I'm trying to get past an automatic feeling of negativity and lack of confidence, and convince myself that this knock-back only means that there are other opportunities on the horizon.’
    problem, difficulty, issue, hitch, complication, upset, disappointment, misfortune, mishap, piece of bad luck, unfortunate development, reversal, reverse, reverse of fortune
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