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The rest of you knock down the first man who offers to resist.

Knock down a policeman, and come again when they let you out.

Might knock down a few with the horse, but that won't hurt 'em to speak of.

But who did you have to knock down in a dark place so as to steal his money off'n him?

"I'll knock down the first man who tries to pass me," he cried.

Knock down the man at the helm, and jam the tiller down hard!

"You seem to come up smiling after every knock down, Derrick," he said.

It may fail to hit the mark, but it is sure to knock down the marksman.

When your shot is exhausted, knock down the enemy with the stock of your rifle.

And after that, could I knock down any of my crew for being tipsy?

WORD ORIGIN

Old English cnocian (West Saxon cnucian), "to pound, beat; knock (on a door)," likely of imitative origin. Meaning "deprecate, put down" is from 1892. Related: Knocked; knocking. Knock-kneed first attested 1774. Knock-down, drag-out is from 1827. Command knock it off "stop it" is first recorded 1880, perhaps from auctioneer's term for "dispose of quickly:"

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