Definition of knock something down in English:

knock something down

phrasal verb

  • 1Demolish a building or other structure.

    ‘the closely packed terraced houses were knocked down in the interests of 'progress'’
    • ‘Unable to pay the £2.3m in repair costs or sell the near-ruin, he succeeded in getting planning permission from Perth and Kinross Council to knock the building down.’
    • ‘A decision was taken to knock the old building down.’
    • ‘If the developer purchases the land it is believed he will either use the garages for the new properties or will knock the buildings down to create garden space for more marketable homes.’
    • ‘Mr Overton's showroom and workshop, a former hairdressing salon and a garage will all be knocked down in the summer of 2006 should plans go forward.’
    • ‘Some of the former police houses have already been knocked down and work has begun on the demolition of the old custody area.’
    • ‘He told the Institute of Chartered Accountants that it would cost far less to refurbish ‘characterful’ buildings than knock them down.’
    • ‘The current owners, Ben Alder Estate, want to knock down the dilapidated building to construct workshops.’
    • ‘The three options for Greenroyd Avenue available to the council are to leave things as they are, partly demolish the street, or knock the whole lot down.’
    • ‘Some people are buying bungalows on the seafront, knocking them down and building another property.’
    • ‘Why knock these amazing buildings down when they can be refurbished using some great modern architecture?’
    • ‘After discovering a serious crack in one of the gable walls, they decided instead to knock the house down and rebuild it.’
    • ‘It followed reports that the premises might not be re-opened by the new owners as a meat slaughtering facility but would be knocked down and sold as a development site.’
    • ‘They thought knocking the building down and replacing it with a new one would be a cheaper option.’
    • ‘Only he failed to get planning permission and last week successfully fought a bid by the local council to knock it down.’
    demolish, pull down, bring down, take down, tear down, destroy
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  • 2(at an auction) confirm the sale of an article to a bidder by a knock with a hammer.

    • ‘On Sunday, November 3 a large crowd turned out as auctioneer Matt Dunne set to with the gavel to knock items down to the highest bidder.’
    1. 2.1informal Reduce the price of an article.
      • ‘On the day of exchange they knocked the price down by £85,000.’
      • ‘Originally priced $35, it was knocked down to $30.’
      • ‘Shipments of PalmSource-based devices dropped 13.3 per cent, knocking its share down from 22.5 per cent to 9.5 per cent.’
      • ‘The vandalism and burglaries in the area are knocking house prices down.’
      • ‘Then he knocked the figure down by 30%. ‘I think a lot of my peers earn too much,’ he says.’
      • ‘Depreciation should have knocked the price down to just about zero.’
      • ‘On Apr. 14, IBM shocked the market by announcing disappointing earnings, which knocked its stock down 6%.’
      • ‘When the salesman found out I was military, he started knocking the price down.’
      • ‘We frequently see cases whereby no bidders emerge, even when the price is knocked down to the reserve.’
      • ‘My colleague and two people at the next table bought one each so were able to knock the price down a little bit.’
      reduce, lower, cut, decrease, bring down, drop, put down, diminish, mark down
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  • 3US informal Earn a specified sum as a wage.

  • 4NZ Australian informal Spend a pay cheque freely.