One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Utterly defeat or outdo something.‘architecturally, Spencer House knocks Buckingham Palace into a cocked hat’
- ‘He knocks all those criteria firmly into a cocked hat.’
- ‘Well, the local medical practice have just managed to knock that malarkey into a cocked hat, believe me.’
- ‘Commercially, the Beijing Olympics knocks the FIFA World Cup, which started on Friday, into a cocked hat.’
- ‘Several of you have written in saying that other countries can not only match England's tally, they can knock it into a cocked hat.’
- ‘It knocked the idea of the perfect guru into a cocked hat.’
- ‘Three or four of you playing against each other in the same room still knocks online play into a cocked hat any day of the week.’
- ‘It is also one of the finest police comics of recent times, knocking the rest of the books in the genre into a cocked hat.’
- ‘He has the skill and style to knock the typical Booker Prize-winner into a cocked hat.’
- ‘Yes, there's nothing I like better than paying good money to see a load of plays that knock mine into a cocked hat.’
- ‘She wasn't religious but the way she lived her life would knock the morals of most religious people into a cocked hat.’
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