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English verb: knock off

1. knock off (contact) get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing

SamplesThe mafia liquidated the informer.
The double agent was neutralized.

ExamplesThey want to knock off the prisoners

Synonymsdo in, liquidate, neutralise, neutralize, waste

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)kill

2. knock off (possession) cut the price of


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring down, cut, cut back, cut down, reduce, trim, trim back, trim down

Narrower (hyponym)mark down

3. knock off (possession) take by theft

SamplesSomeone snitched my wallet!.

Synonymscop, glom, hook, snitch, thieve

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)steal

4. knock off (creation) write quickly

SamplesShe dashed off a note to her husband saying she would not be home for supper.
He scratched off a thank-you note to the hostess.

ExamplesDid he knock off his major works over a short period of time?

Synonymsdash off, fling off, scratch off, toss off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)compose, indite, pen, write

Domain categoryauthorship, composition, penning, writing

5. knock off (change) stop pursuing or acting

SamplesDrop a lawsuit.
Knock it off!.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cease, discontinue, give up, lay off, quit, stop

Narrower (hyponym)nol.pros., nolle pros, nolle prosequi

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