One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal Grow old.‘she's knocking on a bit’
- ‘Henning was always a great defender, even when he was knocking on a bit.’
- ‘He's a hard-bitten, funny character who admits that he's knocking on.’
2also knock the ball onRugby
Illegally drive the ball with the hand or arm towards the opponents' goal line.
- ‘Chris Spencer drove through the Elland defence but was judged to have knocked on after crossing the line.’
- ‘Rugby is a free flowing game and the play will only stop when somebody knocks the ball on or gives away a penalty.’
- ‘For a moment it looked as if he had knocked the ball on but referee Changleng got the thumbs up from the touch judge and the try was awarded.’
- ‘The visitors had two tries disallowed, the first by Webster, who knocked the ball on when gathering and dotting down on the stroke of halftime.’
- ‘Neil Back escaped with a warning after deliberately knocking the ball on, just out of Burke's penalty reach.’
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