knock down - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyknock down
he/she/itknocks down
present participleknocking down
past tenseknocked down
past participleknocked down
  1. 1

    knock down

    or

    knock over

    British to hit someone with a vehicle so that they are injured or killed

    Sue was knocked down just yards from her home.

  2. 3
    informal to reduce a price or amount

    They knocked the price of beer down over 20p a pint to £1.45.

    1. a.
      knock someone down to persuade someone to reduce the price of something

      I managed to knock him down to £120.

  3. 4
    to show that something such as an idea or suggestion is not good or useful

    It was a theory that was easily knocked down.

See also main entry: knock