One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘someone knocked off the video recorder’
steal, purloin, take, make off with, abscond with, pilfer, misappropriate
nab, snitch, snaffle, swipe, filch, lift, souvenir
British pinch, nick, half-inch, whip, nobble
North American heist, glom
West Indian tief
2‘we expect you to knock off three stories a day’
produce, make, turn out, create, construct, assemble, fashion, put together, fabricate
3‘I've always been able to knock off several years from my age’
deduct, take off, subtract, take away, dock, debit, remove
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