knock under v.
1. to die.
|Sir Harry Wildair IV ii: The Dog was soon gone, knock’d under presently.|
|‘Hey for the Life of a Soldier’ in Vocal Mag. 2 Jan. 10: Blood and thunder, / Foes knock under, / Then huzza for a victory.|
|Nick of the Woods I iii: Tarnal death to the crittur; I’m the man to make him knock under!|
|Web of the Spider 183: We were all as near knocking under as possible.|
|Maori Maid 158: When father knocks under, me and my brother we’ll come into the business.|
2. (Aus.) to surpass.
|Satirist (London) 21 Oct. 341/2: Lord PALMERSTON. has given up / His Conferencial thunder, / That roared abroad in Protocols / To knock the Dutchmen under.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 16 Nov. 14/4: It is all bunkum to say our darkies can’t graft. I’ve seen ’em, in N.S.W. quarries, knock white men under.|
|Bushman All 31: If you don’t knock it [drink] off, it’ll knock you under.|