One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British Wake or attract the attention of someone by knocking at their door.
wake, wake up, waken, awaken, call, rouse, arouse, get out of bed, get upView synonyms
- ‘Some were formal duties, such as inspecting weights and measures or inspecting bridges, others were informal, such as knocking people up early in the morning for work.’
- ‘Eventually, after having no luck at all with the key, I had to go next door and knock them up.’
- ‘I'll knock you up at five to seven and I'd like you downstairs for breakfast at seven sharp.’
- ‘One Lib Dem peer was pounding the pavements all day, knocking up voters.’
2informal Make a woman pregnant.make pregnant, impregnate, inseminateView synonyms
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