Knocker



[nok-er] /ˈnɒk ər/

noun
1.
a person or thing that .
2.
a hinged knob, bar, etc., on a door, for use in .
3.
Informal. a persistent and carping critic; faultfinder.
4.
Slang: Vulgar. a female breast.
Idioms
5.
on the knocker, British Slang. canvassing or selling door-to-door.
/ˈnɒkə/
noun
1.
an object, usually ornamental and made of metal, attached to a door by a hinge and used for knocking
2.
(informal) a person who finds fault or disparages
3.
(usually pl) (slang) a female breast
4.
a person or thing that knocks
5.
(Austral & NZ, informal) on the knocker, promptly; at once: you pay on the knocker here
n.

late 14c., agent noun from knock. Sense of “door banger” is by 1590s. Knockers “a woman’s breasts” is slang attested from 1941.

noun

A consistently negative critic; detractor: that pack of knockers that have been howling (1898+)

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apple-knocker

noun phrase

The totality; everything: the whole kit and caboodle, go hang/the whole kit and boodle of ’em

[1861+; fr 1700s British kit, ”outfit of equipment,” plus early 1800s boodle, ”lot, collection,” perhaps fr Dutch boedel, ”property, effects”]

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