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    to knock down

    I always thought that "to knock down" meant "to make somebody fall by a blow", but I've checked this in the dictionary.com and haven't found such a meaning. Only:

    knock
    down, a. to sell at auction by a blow of the hammer or to a bidder.

    b. to take apart or disassemble, as for facility in handling, storing, shipping, etc.

    c. Slang. to receive, as a salary or a scholastic grade; earn: He knocks down 30 grand a year.

    d. Informal. to lower the price of; reduce: to knock down end-of-season leftovers.

    e. Slang. to embezzle or steal (money).

    f. to cause (a sailing vessel) to heel, as by a gust of wind, to such a degree that it cannot right itself.

    May be instead of "to knock down" I should use something else?

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    Re: to knock down

    You need to try more than one dictionary - Definition of knock down | Collins English Dictionary.

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    Re: to knock down

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    You need to try more than one dictionary - Definition of knock down | Collins English Dictionary.
    Oh, I like this one! Thanks! I will start using it from now

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    Re: to knock down

    I never rely on just one dictionary. If I am having problems with a particular word, I may look at five or six here. This is almost as quick as referring to one 'real' dictionary at home.

    I have to admit, though, That I like the feel and weight of my 'real' dictionaries.

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