knock over


knocked over; knocking over; knocks over

transitive verb

: to strike to the ground : fell
: overwhelm
was knocked over by the news
: eliminate
knocked over every difficulty
: steal
especially : hijack
knocks over a truckload of merchandise J. B. Martin
: rob
knocking over a bank

Examples of knock over in a Sentence

he knocked over six convenience stores before getting caught knocked me over trying to get out the door
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Time Traveler
The first known use of knock over was circa 1814

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“Knock over.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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