at a rate of knots

Definition of at a rate of knots

British, informal
:very fast or quickly
  • We were bowling along the motorway at a rate of knots.

Word by Word Definitions

rate play
  1. : to rebuke angrily or violently

  2. : to drive away by scolding

  3. : to voice angry reprimands

  1. : reckoned value : valuation

  2. : estimation

  3. : a fixed quantity

  1. : allot

  2. : to set an estimate on : value, esteem

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

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

  2. : the lump or knob so formed

  3. : a tight constriction or the sense of constriction

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

  2. : to unite closely or intricately : entangle

  3. : 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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