One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal (of a price) very low.
- ‘I took the car off his hands and he gave it to me at a knock-down price.’
- ‘But at a time when business values are falling, stakeholders tend not to take kindly to selling the family silver at a knock-down price.’
- ‘It came up for sale in the mid-1960s at a knock-down price of £4,000 and her father-in-law bought it, thinking Julie would be the perfect person to put in charge.’
- ‘Earlier this year, TK Maxx opened at Monks Cross, this time selling end-of-season high street stock at knock-down prices.’
- ‘Meanwhile, two teams of would-be Bargain Hunters pick up objets d' art at knock-down prices from their local antique fair and then try to flog them down the auction room.’
- ‘Intel has granted 80,000 workers the right to buy additional stock at the knock-down price of $25.69 a pop.’
- ‘When Levi-Strauss took Tesco to court for selling its jeans at knock-down prices similar to those paid in the US, it won, because Tesco had sourced them on the grey market outside Europe.’
- ‘When I called in the next day, there were still heaps of pre-autographed copies of their debut single sitting in the racks, at the knock-down price of 99p.’
- ‘Back at the store, the bags were sorted and the clothes washed and pressed before being sold at knock-down prices.’
- ‘On offer, at Budgens are two wines with the Canaletto label, both at the knock-down price of £3.99.’
- ‘So, if your Christmas gift list expands as easily as your waistline at this time of year, you need to know where to pick up some spot-on presents at knock-down prices.’
- ‘Most of the early privatisations were an instant success - at least with their new shareholders, who got their shares at knock-down prices.’
- ‘He had been one of the main beneficiaries of the government's wave of privatisations during the mid-1990s, when state-owned assets were sold off at knock-down prices.’
- ‘He was given the property by its owners at a knock-down price in a bid to secure his support in Dublin County Council.’
- ‘He claims the Hollywood legend is trying to drive him out of the luxury townhouse in order to buy the property at a knock-down price.’
- ‘Tesco has a particularly impressive Christmas range and all at knock-down prices.’
- ‘Bargain hunters have a rare opportunity to join the elite club of the rich and famous at a knock-down price.’
- ‘But an undercover investigation by Scotland on Sunday has revealed gourmet chefs are still willing to buy salmon at a knock-down price, for cash and with few questions asked.’
- ‘The finest crystal, china and porcelain will tomorrow be up for grabs at knock-down prices when Mulberry Hall begins its annual New Year sale.’
- ‘At the designer outlet, Burberry has a selection of trenchcoats at knock-down prices, beginning at £195.’
2Capable of knocking down or overwhelming someone or something.‘repeated knockdown blows’
- ‘A haven of genteel entertainment might persuade local residents that there were pleasurable and respectable alternatives to a knock-down drunken blowout every weekend.’
- ‘There are no knock-down arguments and there is legitimate disagreement even amongst like-minded experts.’
- 2.1 (of furniture) easily dismantled and reassembled.
- ‘Toyota has decades of experience shipping knock-down components by container to assembly plants around the world, including the U.S.’
1An act of knocking an opponent down.
- ‘The last of the two knock-downs looked serious enough to force the referee to intervene but on each occasion Grant fought back.’
- ‘Tembo said the tournament was deferred in accordance with the Boxing Board of Control rules which state that after a knock-down, a boxer could only return to the ring after 55 days.’
- ‘The nerve damage so restricted his activity that he was stripped of his International Boxing Organisation's inter-continental championship, a belt he captured with a devastating knock-down of Patrick Gallagher.’
- ‘But each knock-down was ruled out as Moore was adjudged to have caught his opponent with low blows.’
- ‘It was the first knock-down of the former lightweight champion's career.’
- 1.1Baseball A pitch aimed so close to the body that the batter must drop to the ground to avoid being hit.‘the catcher gave the sign for a knockdown pitch’
- ‘Theirs was a vibrant, methodical game of momentum, a ruthless strategy of crosses and corners, knockdowns and flick - ons.’
- ‘The assessments in both areas must begin with the offensive line, which gave up six sacks and 10 knockdowns in the loss to the Raiders.’
- 1.2Sailing An instance of a vessel being knocked on its side by the force of the wind.
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