Synonyms of knock in English:

knock


See definition of knock

verb

1‘he knocked on the door marked ‘Inquiries’’

SYNONYMS
bang, tap, rap, thump, pound, hammer
strike, hit, beat, batter, buffet, pummel

2‘she knocked her knee painfully on the table’

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bump, bang, hit, strike, crack
injure, hurt, damage, bruise
informal bash, thwack

3‘he knocked into an elderly man with a walking stick’

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collide with, bump into, bang into, knock against, hit, strike, be in collision with, run into, crash into, smash into, plough into, slam into, dash against, ram, jolt
North American impact
informal bash into

4‘I'm not knocking the company—it's first-class’

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criticize, find fault with, run down, disparage, belittle, depreciate, deprecate, detract from, give a bad press to, cast aspersions on, scoff at, deride, jeer at, carp at, cavil at
lambaste, censure, condemn, denounce, revile, attack
informal slam, pan, bash, pull to pieces, pull apart, pick holes in, maul, savage, flay, throw brickbats at, shoot down, give something a battering, talk something down, have a go at, bad-mouth
British informal slate, rubbish, slag off
North American informal trash, pummel
Australian, New Zealand informal bag
ANTONYMS

praise


noun

1‘there was a sharp knock at the door’

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tap, rap, rat-tat, rat-tat-tat, knocking, bang, banging, beating, pounding, hammering, drumming, thump, thud

2‘the casing is tough enough to withstand knocks’

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bump, blow, bang, striking, beating, jolt, jar, jarring, shock
collision, crash, smash, impact

3‘a knock on the ear’

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blow, bang, stroke, hit, slap, smack, crack, buffet, punch, cuff, thump, box
informal clip, clout, wallop, thwack, belt, bash

4‘this isn't a knock on Dave, he's the best player we've got’

SYNONYMS
criticism, disparagement, stricture, fault-finding, denigration, censure, reproach, reproval, condemnation, lambasting
informal slamming, panning, slagging off, rubbishing, slating, flak, brickbats
ANTONYMS

praise

5‘life's hard knocks’

SYNONYMS
setback, reversal, reverse of fortune, rebuff, rejection, defeat, failure, difficulty, misfortune, bad luck, stroke of bad luck, mishap, bad experience, blow, body blow, disaster, calamity, disappointment, grief, sorrow, trouble, hardship
informal kick in the teeth, one in the eye, whammy

Phrases

    knock someone/something about/around

    ‘her husband was a brute who used to knock her about’


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    beat up, beat, batter, strike, hit, punch, thump, thrash, smack, slap, cuff, buffet, pummel, belabour

    maltreat, mistreat, abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, treat roughly, assault, attack, maul, manhandle

    injure, damage, cause injury to, hurt, harm, wound, bruise

    North American

    beat up on

    informal

    rough up, do over, lay into, lace into, give someone a hiding, clobber, clout, bash, belt, whack, wallop, sock, plug, deck

    archaic

    smite

    knock about/around

    1‘for a couple of years we knocked around the Mediterranean’


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    informal

    wander, roam, rove, range, travel, travel idly, journey, voyage, globetrot, drift, coast, meander, gad about, gallivant, jaunt, take a trip, go on a trip

    ramble, stroll, saunter, maunder, amble, traipse, dawdle, potter

    traverse, travel round, roam around, range over

    rare

    peregrinate, perambulate, vagabond

    2‘she knocked around with artists’


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    informal

    associate, consort, keep company, go around, mix, socialize, have dealings, have to do with, accompany, escort

    be friends, be friendly

    informal

    hobnob, hang out, run around, be thick with, chum around, pal around, pal up

    knock something back

    ‘she knocked back her gin’


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    informal

    swallow, gulp down, drink up, swill down, swill, quaff, guzzle, toss off, consume, finish

    informal

    down, swig

    get one's laughing gear round

    North American informal

    scarf, scarf down, scarf up, snarf, snarf down, snarf up, chug

    rare

    ingurgitate, bib

    knock off

    ‘they knock off at 5 o'clock’


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    British informal

    stop work, finish work, finish working, clock off, close shop, shut down, leave work, finish the working day

    take a break, break, break off, rest, pause, stop, halt, finish

    informal

    call it a day, have a breather, take five

    ANTONYMS

    clock on

    knock someone down

    ‘two men knocked him down’


    SYNONYMS

    fell, floor, flatten, bring down, prostrate, topple, knock to the ground, throw to the ground, rugby-tackle

    mug, attack, assault, set upon, beat up

    knock over, run over, run down

    knock someone off

    ‘the person who slugged me was the one who knocked off Maloney’


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    informal

    kill, murder, assassinate, do to death, do away with, make away with, get rid of, dispose of, eliminate, liquidate, terminate, finish off

    informal

    do in, bump off, top, polish off, croak, stiff

    North American informal

    waste, blow away, ice, off, rub out

    literary

    slay

    knock something down

    1‘the shop was closed and knocked down’


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    demolish, pull down, bring down, take down, tear down, destroy

    raze, raze to the ground, level, flatten, knock to the ground, topple, fell, bulldoze

    2‘the firm has knocked down the prices of its machines’


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    informal

    reduce, lower, cut, decrease, bring down, drop, put down, diminish, mark down

    informal

    slash, down

    knock something off

    1‘someone knocked off the video recorder’


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    informal

    steal, purloin, take, make off with, abscond with, pilfer, misappropriate

    thieve, rob

    informal

    nab, snitch, snaffle, swipe, filch, lift, souvenir

    British informal

    pinch, nick, half-inch, whip, nobble

    North American informal

    heist, glom

    Australian informal

    snavel

    West Indian informal

    tief

    2‘we expect you to knock off three stories a day’


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    informal

    produce, make, turn out, create, construct, assemble, fashion, put together, fabricate

    complete, finish

    mass-produce

    3‘I've always been able to knock off several years from my age’


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    informal

    deduct, take off, subtract, take away, dock, debit, remove

    ANTONYMS

    add on

    knock up

    ‘they were knocking up before the tennis match’


    SYNONYMS

    warm up, practise, have a practice game, hit a ball around

    knock it off!

    ‘‘Oh, knock it off,’ she snapped’


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    stop it

    cut it out, give it a rest, leave off, pack it in, lay off, quit

    British

    give over

    knock someone out

    1‘I hit him with the axe and knocked him out’


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    stun, strike unconscious, knock unconscious, render unconscious, knock senseless, stupefy, daze, lay out, floor, prostrate, level

    informal

    KO, kayo, knock cold, put out cold

    2‘England had been knocked out of the World Cup’


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    eliminate

    beat, defeat, vanquish, overwhelm, overthrow, overcome, get the better of, trounce

    3‘walking that far knocked her out’


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    informal

    exhaust, wear out, tire out, overtire, overtax, tire, fatigue, weary, enervate, drain, sap, debilitate, enfeeble, prostrate

    informal

    do in, take it out of, fag out, frazzle

    British informal

    knacker

    North American informal

    poop

    4‘the view from my window knocked me out’


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    informal

    overwhelm, overpower, stun, stupefy, amaze, astound, astonish, stagger, take someone's breath away, leave someone open-mouthed, dumbfound, confound, take aback

    impress, dazzle, enchant, entrance

    informal

    bowl over, flabbergast, knock sideways, knock for six, hit like a ton of bricks, floor, blow away

    knock someone up

    1‘we were knocked up at five in the morning’


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    British informal

    wake, wake up, waken, awaken, call, rouse, arouse, get out of bed, get up

    informal

    give someone a shout

    2‘he's going to marry her—he's knocked her up’


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    informal

    make pregnant, impregnate, inseminate

    informal

    put in the family way

    British informal

    get in the club

    archaic

    get with child

    knock something up

    1‘I could knock up some frames’


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    British informal

    make quickly, put together quickly, prepare hastily, build rapidly, whip up, rig up, jerry-build, throw together, cobble together, improvise, devise, contrive

    make, prepare, produce, get, get ready, assemble, put together

    informal

    fix, rustle up

    2‘Gloucester knocked up their biggest win of the season’


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    informal

    achieve, attain, accomplish, gain, win, succeed in making, reach, make, get, obtain

    score, chalk up, tally, record

    informal

    clock up, notch up, rack up, bag