Knock dead

Greatly amuse, astonish, or thrill someone, as in This new song will knock them dead . This slangy hyperbolic expression was first recorded in 1889. Also see knock the socks off


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    [nok-doun] /ˈnɒkˌdaʊn/ adjective 1. capable of knocking something down; overwhelming; irresistible: a knockdown blow. 2. constructed in separate parts that can readily be taken apart for easy storage, shipping, etc.: a knockdown toolshed. 3. offered or acquired for less than the prevailing rate: first-rate goods at knockdown prices. noun 4. a knockdown object. 5. an […]

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    [nok] /nɒk/ verb (used without object) 1. to strike a sounding blow with the fist, knuckles, or anything hard, especially on a door, window, or the like, as in seeking admittance, calling attention, or giving a signal: to knock on the door before entering. 2. to strike in collision; bump: He knocked into a table. […]

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    [nok-doun-drag-out] /ˈnɒkˌdaʊnˈdrægˌaʊt/ adjective 1. marked by unrelenting violence: a knock-down-drag-out fight. adjective phrase Very violent; unrestrained; all-out: They were having a knock-downdrag-out argument when I got there noun : Seems the neighbors were having a knockdown-drag-out (1827+)

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