He won the match by a knockout.
He scored a knockout in the fourth round.
She's a real knockout in that dress. Adjective
The Wimbledon tennis tournament is a knockout competition.
a knockout sports car that's the talk of the neighborhood Verb
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Teams are divided into four pools and will play each other in a round-robin format, with the top two teams advancing to the knockout stage.—Tim Chan, Variety, 9 Sep. 2023 Jamaica made history with a first-ever World Cup win, after defeating Panama 1-0, before advancing in the competition as the first-ever Caribbean team to reach the knockout stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup — men or women’s teams.—Shaznay Martin, refinery29.com, 1 Sep. 2023 The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage, while the third-place teams enter the Europa League – UEFA's second-tier competition – as one of the final 32 teams.—Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2023 The knockout rounds will consist of single-elimination games in the quarterfinals (Dec. 4-5), semifinals (Dec. 7), and championship (Dec. 9).—Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 16 Aug. 2023 When an overly competitive and unpredictable group stage scrambled fans’ travel plans for the knockout rounds, for example, Air New Zealand waived all change fees and booked passengers on to the correct destination.—Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2023 Zhang owns a 26-3 career mark and can find a path to victory in a multitude of ways, evidenced by her 11 knockouts and eight submissions.—Cam Kerry, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Aug. 2023 The tournament will continue with the top-eight teams in December (the winners of each group plus the best two teams who did not win a group), with the quarterfinals of the knockout round taking place Dec. 4 and 5.—Detroit Free Press, 17 Aug. 2023 Rodarte kicked off fashion month with a knockout show in which models floated by like members of a vampiric coven, all black velvet and lace.—Jake Smith, Glamour, 17 Aug. 2023
The knockout blow to the fighter, as Findeisen gleefully pointed out, was the name of the fake NFT project, SourzNFT Candies are Moundbound.—Leo Schwartz, Fortune Crypto, 3 Feb. 2023 Addison Rae added to the ever-growing list of knockout vintage Y2K, donning a wrap skirt from Roberto Cavalli’s spring 2000 collection.—André-Naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 28 Jan. 2023 Every previous fight was decided by knockout, technical knockout or unanimous decision.—Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 24 Jan. 2023 Marchand’s goal on the advantage, the knockout punch for the Fish Sticks, came at 5:03 of the third.—Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Jan. 2023 Ferreira ended up starting the knockout round match against the Netherlands, an eventual 3-1 defeat for the U.S., but his effect on the game was minimal and he was subbed off to start the second half.—Dallas News, 2 Jan. 2023 Then came the knockout punch, delivered by Samuel, who took a short pass 74 yards to the house for a 38-17 lead that placed the game in the blowout category.—Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2023 Whereas some of these stronger medicines are like a knockout punch, think of CBD as a lullaby that soothes you into sleep and doesn’t just knock you out.—Dallas News, 21 Oct. 2022 However, defeats to Portugal (3-2) and Uruguay (2-0) meant Ghana failed to progress to the knockout stage.—Robert Kidd, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022
These major wildfires have raged for weeks, knocking out power, killing at least one person and damaging multiple structures.—Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2023 In 2021, residents faced a blackout when a snowstorm knocked out coal and gas facilities, nuclear plants, and wind turbines.—Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 7 Sep. 2023 Wildfires knocked out power to an entire California county.—Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2023 The storm knocked out power to tens of thousands and lashed the coasts of the northeast US and Atlantic Canada with wind and waves.—Nouran Salahieh, CNN, 17 Sep. 2023 And the weakened, downgraded Hurricane Lee — which knocked out power for thousands, kicked up tropical-force winds, and dumped inches of rain in some areas Saturday — was no Bob.—John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2023 Lee also isn’t anywhere near as severe as the remnants of Hurricane Fiona, which a year ago washed houses into the ocean, knocked out power to most of two provinces and swept a woman into the sea, said Canadian meteorologist Jill Maepea.—Robert F. Bukaty and David Sharp, Chicago Tribune, 16 Sep. 2023 The storm known as Lee, still a dangerous post-tropical cyclone, made landfall in Canada Saturday, packing powerful winds in Nova Scotia and in coastal Maine that toppled trees, killing at least one person and knocking out power to tens of thousands of people.—Meagan Campbell, New York Times, 16 Sep. 2023 In Canada, residents were warned about the risk of power outages and flooding a year after the remnants of Hurricane Fiona washed houses into the ocean, knocked out power to most of two provinces and swept a woman into the sea.—David Sharp and Patrick Whittle, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2023 See More
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