knock back


knocked back; knocking back; knocks back

transitive verb

: drink, swallow
specifically : to toss down (an alcoholic beverage)

Examples of knock back in a Sentence

desperately thirsty, she knocked back an entire glass of water without pausing
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of knock back was circa 1931

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Cite this Entry

“Knock back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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