1. in senses of lit. or fig. aggression.
(a) [late 16C+] to have sexual intercourse.
(b) [mid-18C+] (UK Und.) to rob, to steal; thus (late 18C) knock the lobb, breaking and entering.
(c) [mid-19C–1900s] to excel, to surpass [subseq. uses are SE].
(d) [mid-19C+] (US/Aus.) to kill, to shoot dead.
(e) [mid-19C+] to destroy, to defeat.
(f) [late 19C] (Aus.) in sexual context, to overcome, to ‘bowl over’.
(g) [1910s+] to cheat, to defraud, esp. to obtain credit which one has no intention of honouring.
(h) [1920s+] to hit; to fight.
(i) [1940s+] (US) to arrest.
2. in senses of lit. or fig. communication.
(a) [early 17C; mid-19C+] (orig. US, also give the knock) to disparage, to criticize.
(b) [late 19C+] (US) to complain, to inform on, to betray.
(c) [late 19C+] (US) to explain; esp. to explain to a confidence trickster’s victim that he is being swindled.
(d) [1920s+] (Aus.) to flirt with a woman.
(e) [1930s-60s] (US black) to write.
(f) [1940s] (US black) to speak.
(g) [1940s–70s] (US black) to borrow; to ask for.
3. in fig. senses, to arouse the emotions.
(a) [18C+] to strike with astonishment, alarm or confusion, to confound.
(b) [mid-19C+] to impress highly, to elicit great admiration, to make a big impression, esp. of new fashions, entertainments.
4. [late 19C+] (US black) to give, to do, to perform.
5. [1920s–50s] (US black) to consume.
6. [1910s–20s] (Aus.) to give in; to be exhausted [abbr. SE knock under].
7. [1940s–70s] (US) to earn.
Meaning to defeat or beat, or to astound
[19C] to amaze, to shock, to ‘knock sideways’.
[late 19C] (US) to knock senseless.
[1900s] (Aus.) to berate.
1. to knock unconscious, to wipe out.
2. [mid-19C] (also kill dead) to astound, to amaze.
3. [late 19C+] to complete or dispose of something easily or quickly.
see under cuckoo adj.
[mid-19C–1930s] to astound, to astonish, to shock profoundly, to overturn.
see knock out v. (2f)
[1940s+] to destroy.
[20C+] to astound, to astonish, to devastate; also throw for a loop under loop n.2
1. to hit or knock someone senseless.
2. (also knock for a row) to impress or amaze.
see under hell n.
[1910s+] (Aus.) to kill, to stun.
1. [mid-19C–1900s] to attack aggressively.
2. [1950s] to overcome completely.
see under bell n.1
see knock endways
[1900s] (Aus.) to beat thoroughly.
[late 19C+] to astound, to stun with a blow.
see under block n.1
see knock someone’s dick in the dirt under dick n.1
see under eye n.
see under hat n.
see under sick adj.1
see under stiff adj.
1. [20C+] to punish violently.
2. [1960s+] to civilize someone.
see under crap n.1
see under dick n.1
see under ears n.
[19C] (US) to deal a heavy blow to, to beat up, to defeat.
see under jive n.1
see under daylights n.
see under piss n.
see under shit n.
1. [mid-19C+] (also kick the socks off) to defeat comprehensively.
2. [1930s+] to cause serious problems for, to defeat fig.; to have an intense effect upon.
3. [1930s+] (also blow someone out of their socks, blow the socks off, steam the socks off) to astound, to amaze.
see under stuffing n.1
see under tar n.3
see under wool n.1
1. to suffer a setback, a disappointment or defeat.
2. to be killed.
[1940s] (US black) to leave, to walk.
see do a line (with) under line n.1
see under nod n.1
see knock (off) a piece under piece n.
see under scarf n.
[1940s–60s] (orig. US black) to wait.
[1940s] (US black) to (take a) walk.
[1940s] (US black) to escape, run away.
[20C+] (W.I.) to idle, to do nothing.
[1950s] (US black) to die.
[2000s] (US black) to have sexual intercourse.
[2000s] of a woman, to copulate enthusiastically.
see under back n.1
[1980s] to have sexual intercourse.
SE in slang uses
see knockout drops n.
[late 19C] a wander, an aimless progress.
[late 19C] a foolish weak person.
see under bub n.1
[late 19C–1920s] to encounter, to meet.
1. (orig. Aus.) to idle; to wander, to travel around rather than settle down.
2. to manage, to subsist.
see cuff Jonas under cuff v.1
see cut (oneself) a slice under slice n.
[1930s–70s] (US drugs) to withdraw from narcotics use.
see under booty n.2
[1970s] (US prison) to knock down, to beat up.
see knock out v. (2f)
[1940s] (US black) to get a pay cheque every sixth day (or the sixth day of every week?).
[1940s+] (orig. and chiefly Aus.) a phr. used by a man who wishes to boast of the success of his sex life; usu. in answer to a question, e.g. getting any (lately)? under get v.; occas. in relation to non-sexual situations.
[late 19C–1900s] to signify one’s approval by hammering on the table or stamping on the floor.
[early 19C+] to stop doing something, to finish a task; to bring something to an end.
[late 19C+] to surprise, to worry, to confound.
see under nuts n.2
see under pipes n.1
see under wig n.2
[1950s+] to have an affair.
1. [late 19C–1930s] to assault, to beat up.
2. [1980s] to disconcert.
see under skin n.1
[late 19C] (US black) to work hard.
see shake the dew off one’s/the lily under lily n.
[2000s] (N.Z.) to toughen someone up, e.g. a new immigrant.
[20C+] (US) to perform oral sex.
see under end n.
[1940s+] (US black) to have sexual intercourse.