Synonyms of knock in English:

knock


See definition of knock

verb

1‘he knocked on the door marked ‘Enquiries’’

SYNONYMS

bang, tap, rap, thump, pound, hammer

strike, hit, beat, batter, buffet, pummel

2‘she knocked her knee painfully on the table’

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bump, bang, hit, strike, crack

injure, hurt, damage, bruise

informal bash, thwack

3‘he knocked into an elderly man with a walking stick’

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collide with, bump into, bang into, knock against, hit, strike, be in collision with, run into, crash into, smash into, plough into, slam into, dash against, ram, jolt

North American impact

informal bash into

4‘I'm not knocking the company—it's first-class’

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criticize, find fault with, run down, disparage, belittle, depreciate, deprecate, detract from, give a bad press to, cast aspersions on, scoff at, deride, jeer at, carp at, cavil at

lambaste, censure, condemn, denounce, revile, attack

slam, pan, bash, pull to pieces, pull apart, pick holes in, maul, savage, flay, throw brickbats at, shoot down, give something a battering, talk something down, have a go at, bad-mouth

British slate, rubbish, slag off

North American trash, pummel

NZ Australian bag

ANTONYMS

praise


noun

1‘there was a sharp knock at the door’

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tap, rap, rat-tat, rat-tat-tat, knocking, bang, banging, beating, pounding, hammering, drumming, thump, thud

2‘the casing is tough enough to withstand knocks’

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bump, blow, bang, striking, beating, jolt, jar, jarring, shock

collision, crash, smash, impact

3‘a knock on the ear’

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blow, bang, stroke, hit, slap, smack, crack, buffet, punch, cuff, thump, box

informal clip, clout, wallop, thwack, belt, bash

4‘this isn't a knock on Dave, he's the best player we've got’

SYNONYMS

criticism, disparagement, stricture, fault-finding, denigration, censure, reproach, reproval, condemnation, lambasting

slamming, panning, slagging off, rubbishing, slating, flak, brickbats

ANTONYMS

praise

5‘life's hard knocks’

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setback, reversal, reverse of fortune, rebuff, rejection, defeat, failure, difficulty, misfortune, bad luck, stroke of bad luck, mishap, bad experience, blow, body blow, disaster, calamity, disappointment, grief, sorrow, trouble, hardship

informal kick in the teeth, one in the eye, whammy


Phrases

    knock about/around

      1‘for a couple of years we knocked around the Mediterranean’

      SYNONYMS

      wander, roam, rove, range, travel, travel idly, journey, voyage, globetrot, drift, coast, meander, gad about, gallivant, jaunt, take a trip, go on a trip

      ramble, stroll, saunter, maunder, amble, traipse, dawdle, potter

      traverse, travel round, roam around, range over

      rare

      peregrinate, perambulate, vagabond

      2‘she knocked around with artists’

      SYNONYMS

      associate, consort, keep company, go around, mix, socialize, have dealings, have to do with, accompany, escort

      be friends, be friendly

      hobnob, hang out, run around, be thick with, chum around, pal around, pal up

    knock someone/something about/around

      ‘her husband was a brute who used to knock her about’

      SYNONYMS

      beat up, beat, batter, strike, hit, punch, thump, thrash, smack, slap, cuff, buffet, pummel, belabour

      maltreat, mistreat, abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, treat roughly, assault, attack, maul, manhandle

      injure, damage, cause injury to, hurt, harm, wound, bruise

      North American

      beat up on

      informal

      rough up, do over, lay into, lace into, give someone a hiding, clobber, clout, bash, belt, whack, wallop, sock, plug, deck

      archaic

      smite

    knock something back

      ‘she knocked back her gin’

      SYNONYMS

      swallow, gulp down, drink up, swill down, swill, quaff, guzzle, toss off, consume, finish

      down, swig

      get one's laughing gear round

      North American

      scarf, scarf down, scarf up, snarf, snarf down, snarf up, chug

      rare

      ingurgitate, bib

    knock someone down

      ‘two men knocked him down’

      SYNONYMS

      fell, floor, flatten, bring down, prostrate, topple, knock to the ground, throw to the ground, rugby-tackle

      mug, attack, assault, set upon, beat up

      knock over, run over, run down

    knock something down

      1‘the shop was closed and knocked down’

      SYNONYMS

      demolish, pull down, bring down, take down, tear down, destroy

      raze, raze to the ground, level, flatten, knock to the ground, topple, fell, bulldoze

      2‘the firm has knocked down the prices of its machines’

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      reduce, lower, cut, decrease, bring down, drop, put down, diminish, mark down

      slash, down

    knock off

      ‘they knock off at 5 o'clock’

      SYNONYMS

      stop work, finish work, finish working, clock off, close shop, shut down, leave work, finish the working day

      take a break, break, break off, rest, pause, stop, halt, finish

      call it a day, have a breather, take five

      ANTONYMS

      clock on

    knock someone off

      ‘the person who slugged me was the one who knocked off Maloney’

      SYNONYMS

      kill, murder, assassinate, do to death, do away with, make away with, get rid of, dispose of, eliminate, liquidate, terminate, finish off

      do in, bump off, top, polish off, croak, stiff

      North American

      waste, blow away, ice, off, rub out

      literary

      slay

    knock something off

      1‘someone knocked off the video recorder’

      SYNONYMS

      steal, purloin, take, make off with, abscond with, pilfer, misappropriate

      thieve, rob

      nab, snitch, snaffle, swipe, filch, lift, souvenir

      British

      pinch, nick, half-inch, whip, nobble

      North American

      heist, glom

      Australian

      snavel

      West Indian

      tief

      2‘we expect you to knock off three stories a day’

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      produce, make, turn out, create, construct, assemble, fashion, put together, fabricate

      complete, finish

      mass-produce

      3‘I've always been able to knock off several years from my age’

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      deduct, take off, subtract, take away, dock, debit, remove

      ANTONYMS

      add on

    knock it off!

      ‘‘Oh, knock it off,’ she snapped’

      SYNONYMS

      stop it

      cut it out, give it a rest, leave off, pack it in, lay off, quit

      British

      give over

    knock someone out

      1‘I hit him with the axe and knocked him out’

      SYNONYMS

      stun, strike unconscious, knock unconscious, render unconscious, knock senseless, stupefy, daze, lay out, floor, prostrate, level

      informal

      KO, kayo, knock cold, put out cold

      2‘England had been knocked out of the World Cup’

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      eliminate

      beat, defeat, vanquish, overwhelm, overthrow, overcome, get the better of, trounce

      3‘walking that far knocked her out’

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      exhaust, wear out, tire out, overtire, overtax, tire, fatigue, weary, enervate, drain, sap, debilitate, enfeeble, prostrate

      do in, take it out of, fag out, frazzle

      British

      knacker

      North American

      poop

      4‘the view from my window knocked me out’

      SYNONYMS

      overwhelm, overpower, stun, stupefy, amaze, astound, astonish, stagger, take someone's breath away, leave someone open-mouthed, dumbfound, confound, take aback

      impress, dazzle, enchant, entrance

      bowl over, flabbergast, knock sideways, knock for six, hit like a ton of bricks, floor, blow away

    knock up

      ‘they were knocking up before the tennis match’

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      warm up, practise, have a practice game, hit a ball around

    knock someone up

      1‘we were knocked up at five in the morning’

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      wake, wake up, waken, awaken, call, rouse, arouse, get out of bed, get up

      give someone a shout

      2‘he's going to marry her—he's knocked her up’

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      make pregnant, impregnate, inseminate

      put in the family way

      British

      get in the club

      archaic

      get with child

    knock something up

      1‘I could knock up some frames’

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      make quickly, put together quickly, prepare hastily, build rapidly, whip up, rig up, jerry-build, throw together, cobble together, improvise, devise, contrive

      make, prepare, produce, get, get ready, assemble, put together

      fix, rustle up

      2‘Gloucester knocked up their biggest win of the season’

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      achieve, attain, accomplish, gain, win, succeed in making, reach, make, get, obtain

      score, chalk up, tally, record

      clock up, notch up, rack up, bag