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at a rate of knots

Definition of at a rate of knots

British informal

  1. :  very fast or quickly <We were bowling along the motorway at a rate of knots.>



Word by Word Definitions

rateplay
  1. :  to rebuke angrily or violently

    :  to drive away by scolding

    :  to voice angry reprimands

  1. :  reckoned value :  valuation

    :  estimation

    :  a fixed quantity

  1. :  allot

    :  to set an estimate on :  value, esteem

    :  to determine or assign the relative rank or class of :  grade

knotplay knots
  1. :  an interlacement of the parts of one or more flexible bodies forming a lump or knob (as for fastening or tying together)

    :  the lump or knob so formed

    :  a tight constriction or the sense of constriction

  1. :  to tie in or with a knot :  form knots in

    :  to unite closely or intricately :  entangle

    :  tie

  1. :  either of two sandpipers (Calidris canutus and C. tenuirostris) that breed in the Arctic and winter in temperate or warm parts of the New and Old World


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