knock over v.
1. (orig. US) to murder, to kill, orig. animals/birds.
|Pioneers (1827) II 213: It’s wicked to be shooting into flocks in this wastey manner; and none do it who know how to knock over a single bird.|
|Delhi Sketch Bk 1 Nov. 81/2: [A] rifle having hung fire knocks over a big-bellied doe.|
|Bushrangers 281: ‘Can’t we knock over two or three of the reptiles?’ I asked.|
|Buffalo Bill 20: The Indians scattered far and wide, but the two men succeeded in knocking over a half-a-dozen more.|
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 347: Are we going to let you off after knocking over Daley? No dashed fear, mister.|
|Things I Have Seen II 209: Aeneas [...] at once proceeded to knock over three ‘beamy stags.’.|
|‘The Wallaby Brigade’ in Old Bush Songs 126: You’ve only to sport your dover and knock a monkey over [i.e. to kill a sheep] — There’s cheap mutton for the Wallaby Brigade.|
|letter in Dear Folks at Home (1919) 154: A runner coming through a deserted French town found several live chickens. These he knocked over ‘pronto’ and brought into the front line where we cooked them.|
|It’s a Racket! 230: knock over—To kill or murder.|
|Gentlemen of the Broad Arrows 38: The screws won’t be able to knock everyone over.|
|(con. 1943–5) To Hell and Back (1950) 161: I knocked over a kraut after you left me.|
|Shiralee 32: I didn’t think there was anything could ever knock him over.|
|Plender [ebook] ‘And so I’d go and knock somebody over just on the off-chance that they may remember your face’.|
|What Do You Reckon (1997) [ebook] Thought I’d knock over a couple of fish while my two mates wasted their time swimming.‘Jaws 5’ in|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 123: knock over Kill a man or any other creature. ANZ C20.|
2. (US) to drink, to eat.
|in Spirit of the Times (N.Y.) 4 Apr. 3: They can [...] ‘knock over a pint of whisky’ with any ‘Mike Fink’ of Kentucky or Mississippi.|
|Indoor Sports 22 Jan. [synd. cartoon] Aw knock one over, Mac — a little beer won’t hurt you.|
|Dict. of Aus. Words And Terms 🌐 KNOCK ’EM OVER—Buy drinks quickly.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 23: I am better in the morning, and am able to knock over a little breakfast.‘Breach of Promise’ in|
|They’re a Weird Mob (1958) 44: I reckon I could knock over a schooner.|
|Three Stories 42: All the more reason for knocking over that mouthful.‘Stiff Luck for the Colonel’ in|
|Gone Fishin’ 119: I’m gunna stir that fire up, an’ knock over these two mullet.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 145: They knocked over the three remaining bottles.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 240: We’ll knock over a few bottles of Moet, eh?|
3. to deal with, to accomodate.
|Curry & Rice (3 edn) n.p.: [W]holesale entertainments, when large batches of the community are ‘knocked over’ at a single discharge, suggesting a feeling of business being effected, and the mob rapidly disposed of.|
4. (US Und.) to ban.
|Hop-Heads 23: Then the law knocked over smoking and I took to heroin.|
5. (orig. US) to rob or steal, usu. with violence.
|in Collier’s 8 Aug. 30: They ‘knock over’ or rob a store or house.|
|Rough Stuff 148: I, the Goat, Gus the Gorilla and Big George [...] went to knock over this plant, in other words get this hidden liquor.|
|Battlers 9: He was thinking that life ‘on the track’ was not so bad, with good places to camp and ‘cockies’ sheep to knock over’.|
|(con. 1940) Cell 2455 175: You knock over six, eight, ten, or twelve places in a night.|
|(con. 1920s) South of Heaven (1994) 178: When the armored truck [...] showed up, they’d knock it over.|
|Jones Men 102: That’ll be like a full-scale war if this guy can really knock him over.|
|Muscle for the Wing 98: Bobby Gillette was the one who knocked over a game Delbert McKechnie had.|
|Homeboy 241: He’s lookin for leads on who knocked over the Kama Sutra bank.|
|Crosskill [ebook] ‘I want to knock over the Mesics’.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 73: This snitch claims he knows a guy who knows a guy who knocked over the mayor’s place.|
|Whiplash River [ebook] [T]he check-cashing joint his partner [...] had just knocked over.|
|Blacktop Wasteland 205: [T]he sharp vicissitudes he had experienced [...] since they’d knocked over the jewelry store.|
6. (US Und./police) to arrest.
|Keys to Crookdom 294: If he is ‘in right’ with certain authorities a bootlegger may operate for months before he is ‘knocked over’.|
|Big Sleep 197: The poor little slum-bred hard guys that got knocked over on their first caper.|
|DAUL 119/2: Knock over. [...] 2. To arrest.et al.|
|City of Night 121: This is not the first time she gets knocked over.|
7. (US Und./police) to raid.
|Story Omnibus (1966) 212: I happened to run into a smuggling game and knocked it over.‘Corkscrew’|
|Red Harvest (1965) 34: We’ll knock it [i.e. a club] over as soon as it gets light.|
|Helena (MT) Indep. 11 Mar. 2/7: They said it as the first opium den knocked over in Montana since the early 1920’s.|
|Asphalt Jungle in Four Novels (1984) 217: I see the coppers. They’re knocking over all the joints along Crane Boulevard.|
|Little Men, Big World 190: You knock ’em over. All of them. Sneak raids. Knock ’em over good. We’ll teach these guys to switch.|
|Cotton Comes to Harlem (1967) 20: They’ve knocked over Big Liz’s circus house.|
|Gonif 94: St. Louis was booming [...] but the Feds had an uncommonly adept knack of knocking over speaks.|
8. (US Und./police) to get someone into trouble, to punish (a prisoner).
|We Who Are About to Die 114: For him to go and get knocked over for a childish little con trick like that!|
9. to defeat, e.g. in a competition.
|Ten Detective Aces Apr. 🌐 Joe oughter be back any minute an’ we got a blow-out all planned. He sure knocked ‘em over, huh?‘Short Order Crook’ in|
10. (US) to seduce, to have sexual intercourse; to rape.
|(con. 1949) True Confessions (1979) 170: You know my M.O. Old dolls. I been telling you. I knocked over an old broad [...] that night.|
|Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘He knocked her over about a month after she started. It normally doesn’t take him that long’.|
11. to impress.
|Amboy Dukes 12: He really was going to knock them over today.|
|Family Arsenal 149: I had a crafty look at it. Later, this was. I’m knocked over!|
|Shooter 50: I was impressed, and I mentioned it to Len and it knocked him over.|
12. (US) to defeat or abuse through violence; to beat up.
|True Confessions 155: I knocked over [i.e. raped] an old broad [...] last night.|
|Big Huey 122: The only reason that fellow got knocked over was that he’s a red-hot nark.|
(Aus.) to take the consequences for an act.
|Sowers of the Wind 142: Surely to God he knows that if he throws the ball he’s got a chance of knocking over the dolly! [i.e. contracting venereal disease].|
|Summer Glare 95: ‘Knocking a doll’ was an old belief among us youths. We had never believed the story of the stork or of the cabbage patch either. Years ago the big boys had told us a much better story. It was that inside all women there was a number of small babies sitting in a row, and when a man, or a boy big enough, knocked one over, it was born after nine months. Thus our saying ‘to knock a doll’.|