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 for knock
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Knock \Knock\ (n[o^]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Knocked (n[o^]kt);
     p. pr. & vb. n. Knocking.] [OE. knoken, AS. cnocian,
     cnucian; prob. of imitative origin; cf. Sw. knacka. Cf.
     1. To drive or be driven against something; to strike against
        something; to clash; as, one heavy body knocks against
        another. --Bacon.
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     2. To strike or beat with something hard or heavy; to rap;
        as, to knock with a club; to knock on the door.
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              For harbor at a thousand doors they knocked.
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              Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be
              opened unto you.                      --Matt. vii.
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     3. To practice evil speaking or fault-finding; to criticize
        habitually or captiously. [Slang, U. S.]
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     To knock about, to go about, taking knocks or rough usage;
        to wander about; to saunter. [Colloq.] "Knocking about
        town." --W. Irving.
     To knock up, to fail of strength; to become wearied or worn
        out, as with labor; to give out. "The horses were
        beginning to knock up under the fatigue of such severe
        service." --De Quincey.
     To knock off, to cease, as from work; to desist.
     To knock under, to yield; to submit; to acknowledge one's
        self conquered; -- an expression probably borrowed from
        the practice of knocking under the table with the
        knuckles, when conquered. "Colonel Esmond knocked under to
        his fate." --Thackeray.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Knock \Knock\ (n[o^]k), v. t.
     1. To strike with something hard or heavy; to move by
        striking; to drive (a thing) against something; as, to
        knock a ball with a bat; to knock the head against a post;
        to knock a lamp off the table.
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              When heroes knock their knotty heads together.
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     2. To strike for admittance; to rap upon, as a door.
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              Master, knock the door hard.          --Shak.
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     3. To impress strongly or forcibly; to astonish; to move to
        admiration or applause. [Slang, Eng.]
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     4. To criticise; to find fault with; to disparage. "Don't
        knock it if you haven't tried it."
     To knock in the head, or To knock on the head, to stun or
        kill by a blow upon the head; hence, to put am end to; to
        defeat, as a scheme or project; to frustrate; to quash.
        [Colloq.] -- To knock off.
        (a) To force off by a blow or by beating.
        (b) To assign to a bidder at an auction, by a blow on the
        (c) To leave off (work, etc.). [Colloq.] -- To knock
     out, to force out by a blow or by blows; as, to knock out
        the brains.
     To knock up.
        (a) To arouse by knocking.
        (b) To beat or tire out; to fatigue till unable to do
            more; as, the men were entirely knocked up. [Colloq.]
            "The day being exceedingly hot, the want of food had
            knocked up my followers." --Petherick.
        (c) (Bookbinding) To make even at the edges, or to shape
            into book form, as printed sheets.
        (d) To make pregnant. Often used in passive, "she got
            knocked up". [vulgar]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Knock \Knock\, n.
     1. A blow; a stroke with something hard or heavy; a jar.
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     2. A stroke, as on a door for admittance; a rap. " A knock at
        the door." --Longfellow.
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              A loud cry or some great knock.       --Holland.
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     Knock off, See knock off in the vocabulary.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  backfire \backfire\, back fire \back fire\
     1. A fire started ahead of a forest or prairie fire to burn
        only against the wind, so that when the two fires meet
        both must go out for lack of fuel.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
        (a) A premature explosion in the cylinder of a gas or oil
            engine during the exhaust or the compression stroke,
            tending to drive the piston in a direction reverse to
            that in which it should travel; also called a knock
            or ping.
        (b) an explosion in the exhaust passages of an internal
            combustion engine.
            [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC] Backfire

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the sound of knocking (as on a door or in an engine or
           bearing); "the knocking grew louder" [syn: knock,
      2: negative criticism [syn: knock, roast]
      3: a vigorous blow; "the sudden knock floored him"; "he took a
         bash right in his face"; "he got a bang on the head" [syn:
         knock, bash, bang, smash, belt]
      4: a bad experience; "the school of hard knocks"
      5: the act of hitting vigorously; "he gave the table a whack"
         [syn: knock, belt, rap, whack, whang]
      v 1: deliver a sharp blow or push :"He knocked the glass clear
           across the room" [syn: knock, strike hard]
      2: rap with the knuckles; "knock on the door"
      3: knock against with force or violence; "My car bumped into the
         tree" [syn: bump, knock]
      4: make light, repeated taps on a surface; "he was tapping his
         fingers on the table impatiently" [syn: tap, rap,
         knock, pink]
      5: sound like a car engine that is firing too early; "the car
         pinged when I put in low-octane gasoline"; "The car pinked
         when the ignition was too far retarded" [syn: pink, ping,
      6: find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or
         perceived flaws; "The paper criticized the new movie"; "Don't
         knock the food--it's free" [syn: knock, criticize,
         criticise, pick apart] [ant: praise]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  271 Moby Thesaurus words for "knock":
     KO, abuse, adverse criticism, animadversion, arouse, aspersion,
     associate with, astonish, astound, awaken, bad notices, bad press,
     bang, bang into, bash, baste, bat, batter, beat, beat up, beating,
     belt, bewilder, biff, blame, blow, bob, bonk, bop, bowl over,
     buffet, bump, bump into, burst, bust, cannon, captiousness, carom,
     carom into, carp at, carping, cavil, caviling, censoriousness,
     censure, chop, clap, clash, clip, clobber, clock out, close down,
     clout, clump, coldcock, collide, come into collision, complete,
     concuss, condemn, condemnation, confront each other, conk,
     consort with, copy, crack, crack up, crash, crash into, criticism,
     criticize, crump, crunch, cuff, cut, cut down, dash, dash into,
     daze, deal, deal a blow, debate, deck, demolish, denounce,
     denunciate, deprecate, destroy, dig, dint, discuss, disparage,
     drub, drubbing, drumming, encounter, exception, fall foul of,
     faultfinding, fell, fetch, fetch a blow, finish, flail, flak, flap,
     flatten, floor, flop, foul, fusillade, gad about, get with child,
     go home, hairsplitting, hammer, hammering, hit, hit a clip,
     hit against, home thrust, hostile criticism, hurt, hurtle,
     hypercriticalness, hypercriticism, imitate, impinge, impregnate,
     improvise, imputation, insult, jab, kayo, kill, knock about,
     knock against, knock around, knock cold, knock down, knock off,
     knock out, knock over, knock together, knock unconscious, knock up,
     lambaste, larrup, lay in ruins, left, let have it, level, lick,
     lift, lock up, maltreat, manhandle, maul, meet, mistreat, nagging,
     nick, niggle, niggling, nit, nit-picking, obloquy, overcome,
     overcriticalness, overwhelm, pan, paste, patter, pelt, percuss,
     pestering, pettifogging, pilfer, pinch, plunk, poke, polish off,
     pommel, pound, pounding, priggishness, prostrate, pull down,
     pulverize, pummel, punch, put down, put together, quibble,
     quibbling, quit, ramble, rap, raze, reflection, report, reprehend,
     reproachfulness, reprobate, right, roam, rob, rove, run down,
     run into, sideswipe, skin, slam, slam into, slap, slat,
     sledgehammer, slog, slug, slur, smack, smack into, smash,
     smash into, smash up, smite, snap, snipe at, soak, sock, spank,
     splat, stagger, steal, stricture, strike, strike against,
     strike at, stroke, stun, swap, swat, swing, swipe,
     taking exception, talk over, tap, tattoo, terminate, thieve,
     thrash, thresh, throw down, thump, thwack, travel, trichoschistism,
     trounce, tunk, wake up, wallop, wander, whack, wham, whap, whip,
     whomp, whop, wipe, wreck, yerk

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     "Though Orientals are very jealous of their privacy, they never
     knock when about to enter your room, but walk in without warning
     or ceremony. It is nearly impossible to teach an Arab servant to
     knock at your door. They give warning at the outer gate either
     by calling or knocking. To stand and call is a very common and
     respectful mode. Thus Moses commanded the holder of a pledge to
     stand without and call to the owner to come forth (Deut. 24:10).
     This was to avoid the violent intrusion of cruel creditors.
     Peter stood knocking at the outer door (Acts 12:13, 16), and the
     three men sent to Joppa by Cornelius made inquiry and 'stood
     before the gate' (10:17, 18). The idea is that the guard over
     your privacy is to be placed at the entrance."
       Knocking is used as a sign of importunity (Matt. 7:7, 8; Luke
     13:25), and of the coming of Christ (Luke 12:36; Rev. 3:20).

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