knock back v.
1. to cost, e.g. that’ll knock you back a bit.
|DSUE (8th edn) 654: C.20.|
|Guardian 15 July 🌐 How much do the top ones knock you back? Between £300 and £370.|
2. to fine someone.
|DSUE (8th edn) 654: since ca. 1910.|
3. (also bang back, knock about) to eat, to drink, esp. to finish off one’s drink.
|Enter the Saint 157: Simon knocked back a couple of pints of beer.|
|Gilt Kid 122: Been knocking it about a bit this afternoon.|
|Indiscreet Guide to Soho 116: He knocked back his whisky and ordered another.|
|Long Good-Bye 54: He opened the drawer and put a bottle and a shot glass on the desk. He poured it full to the brim and knocked it back in one lump.|
|When the Green Woods Laugh (1985) 284: Pop [...] ordered himself a double Johnny Walker and urged Angela and the Brigadier to knock theirs back and quick.|
|(con. 1961) Spend, Spend, Spend Scene 1: I’m not surprised. Rate you’ve been knocking them back.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 23: Den’s knocking back the hard stuff, isn’t he?|
|G’DAY 88: SHANE. I musta knocked back a few. AARON. Ya were paraletic.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] [A] bunch of altar boys who were knocking it back in the vestry and were pissed at Mass.|
|Never a Normal Man 33: The guests knocked back their cocktails.|
|Grits 47: A bang back what’s left uv thuh Guinnness.|
|Chicken (2003) 47: She [...] knocked back a few snorts.|
|Thrill City [ebook] None of the subcultures minded a drink [...] Everyone was knocking back beer, wine and premixed rum and coke with gusto.|
4. (orig. Aus./N.Z.) to reject [knockback n. (1)].
|We Were the Rats 104: Ya still goin’ ter be true to Margaret? Still goin’ to keep knockin’ back the sheilas?|
|Till Human Voices Wake Us 175: He was supremely confident, supremely unaware. You couldn’t knock him back.|
|Shiralee 29: Don’t offer me money [...] I mightn’t knock it back.|
|Holy Smoke 63: If the foreman builder was to knock back a bit of crook stone.|
|in Living Black 100: I’m glad those boys knocked those jobs back.|
|Lily on the Dustbin 137: When a young Australian man ‘puts the hard word on’ a girl who does not welcome his sexual importunities she will ‘knock him back’ (tell him to ‘go jump in the lake’ or ‘take a long walk off a short pier’ — or worse).|
|Acid House 201: Knocked back by his girlfriend.‘A Smart Cunt’ in|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] [H]e put in for early release, built up his hopes and then got knocked back.|
|Goodoo Goodoo 26: Les didn’t think it would be doing the right thing accepting money from a grieving mother and was about to knock it back.|
|Grits 253: Ee tried it on with me at a party last week but a knocked im back.|
|Leaving Bondi (2013) [ebook] He even knocked back his evening meal.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|