Definition of knock-on in English:



  • 1British usually as modifier A secondary, indirect, or cumulative effect.

    ‘movements in oil prices have knock-on effects on other fuels’
    • ‘The delays will have a knock-on effect for the hospital.’
    • ‘And as motorists faced tailbacks of up to seven miles, retailers warned of the knock-on effect for businesses in the city.’
    • ‘The knock-on effect of increased fuel prices may eventually trickle down to everything from the price of milk and a loaf of bread to the clothes we wear.’
    • ‘Although European flights are still operating, the knock-on effect of the cancellations will mean delays for all passengers.’
    • ‘Closing any road is a drastic step, bringing many unwanted and potentially dangerous knock-on effects.’
    • ‘The knock-on effect is a considerable increase of flood and subsidence risk, reduction in wildlife numbers and loss of trees.’
    • ‘Many employees have seen a big drop in remuneration packages during the downturn which has had a knock-on effect on house prices.’
    • ‘The knock-on effects of the decision may be even worse.’
    • ‘The collapse of the high-tech sector has had knock-on effects in many other industries.’
    • ‘A sustained strike at Ellesmere Port would have knock-on effects for the whole European operation.’
    • ‘Motorists were left languishing in queuing traffic for hours as the knock-on effects of roadworks on Millbrook Road took their toll.’
    • ‘Mr Fitzpatrick said if private practice was jeopardised, the knock-on effect on public hospitals would be huge.’
    • ‘‘This crash will have a huge knock-on effect for the airline industry,’ he said.’
    • ‘He said at the time he knew the company was taking remedial measures and realised the reduction of the fleet would have a knock-on effect for passengers.’
    • ‘The proposals for the museum of transport will have a knock-on effect, necessitating a review of several of Glasgow's other venues.’
    • ‘A devaluation of the yen seems inevitable, with knock-on effects on all its trading partners.’
    • ‘Fewer people would travel, for business or pleasure, with knock-on effects for airlines and tourism.’
    • ‘If the report stops teachers feeling demoralised and allows them to focus on their work there will be a knock-on effect for pupils, and that's good.’
    • ‘However, very few residents can deny the destructive knock-on effects that the spiralling prices may be having on the community.’
    • ‘Loss of trade will have a knock-on effect on other jobs.’
  • 2Rugby
    An act of knocking on, for which a penalty or scrum is awarded to the opposition.

    • ‘As well as giving away needless penalties, Scotland could not capitalise on the 26 mistakes made by the Welsh, many of them knock-ons, forward passes and turnovers.’
    • ‘The Sharks were guilty of a number of knock-ons and forward passes.’
    • ‘But, as conditions deteriorated, a drizzle giving way to a steady downpour, so did the standard of play with a succession of knock-ons gifting both sides possession.’
    • ‘Hennessy and Scott Laird both broke the line on separate occasions but poor passing and knock-ons meant the moves were not completed.’
    • ‘Three consecutive knock-ons, all on the first tackle, handed Halifax the initiative and the home team didn't need a second invitation.’