Meaning of knock-on in English:



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  • 1mainly British usually as modifier A secondary, indirect, or cumulative effect.

    ‘movements in oil prices have knock-on effects on other fuels’
    • ‘The knock-on effect of increased fuel prices may eventually trickle down to everything from the price of milk and a loaf of bread to the clothes we wear.’
    • ‘Many employees have seen a big drop in remuneration packages during the downturn which has had a knock-on effect on house prices.’
    • ‘Closing any road is a drastic step, bringing many unwanted and potentially dangerous knock-on effects.’
    • ‘Fewer people would travel, for business or pleasure, with knock-on effects for airlines and tourism.’
    • ‘The delays will have a knock-on effect for the hospital.’
    • ‘Mr Fitzpatrick said if private practice was jeopardised, the knock-on effect on public hospitals would be huge.’
    • ‘A sustained strike at Ellesmere Port would have knock-on effects for the whole European operation.’
    • ‘However, very few residents can deny the destructive knock-on effects that the spiralling prices may be having on the community.’
    • ‘The knock-on effect is a considerable increase of flood and subsidence risk, reduction in wildlife numbers and loss of trees.’
    • ‘A devaluation of the yen seems inevitable, with knock-on effects on all its trading partners.’
    • ‘The collapse of the high-tech sector has had knock-on effects in many other industries.’
    • ‘‘This crash will have a huge knock-on effect for the airline industry,’ he said.’
    • ‘If the report stops teachers feeling demoralised and allows them to focus on their work there will be a knock-on effect for pupils, and that's good.’
    • ‘Although European flights are still operating, the knock-on effect of the cancellations will mean delays for all passengers.’
    • ‘The proposals for the museum of transport will have a knock-on effect, necessitating a review of several of Glasgow's other venues.’
    • ‘The knock-on effects of the decision may be even worse.’
    • ‘He said at the time he knew the company was taking remedial measures and realised the reduction of the fleet would have a knock-on effect for passengers.’
    • ‘Loss of trade will have a knock-on effect on other jobs.’
    • ‘And as motorists faced tailbacks of up to seven miles, retailers warned of the knock-on effect for businesses in the city.’
    • ‘Motorists were left languishing in queuing traffic for hours as the knock-on effects of roadworks on Millbrook Road took their toll.’
  • 2Rugby
    An act of knocking on, for which a penalty or scrum is awarded to the opposition.

    ‘As well as giving away needless penalties, Scotland could not capitalise on the 26 mistakes made by the Welsh, many of them knock-ons, forward passes and turnovers.’
    • ‘But, as conditions deteriorated, a drizzle giving way to a steady downpour, so did the standard of play with a succession of knock-ons gifting both sides possession.’
    • ‘Hennessy and Scott Laird both broke the line on separate occasions but poor passing and knock-ons meant the moves were not completed.’
    • ‘Three consecutive knock-ons, all on the first tackle, handed Halifax the initiative and the home team didn't need a second invitation.’
    • ‘The Sharks were guilty of a number of knock-ons and forward passes.’