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    #1

    connocations of "knock down"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to share with me your opinion concerning the feasibility of the following sentences?

    He knocked his enemy down.
    He was knocked down by a bullet.
    He sells knocked down vehicles at cash.
    The goods were knocked down to the highest bidder.
    He was knocked down by a car.
    We have to knock down their house.
    Their arguments were knocked down like a house of cards.
    We have to try every possible to knock price down to $45.
    I managed to knock him down 10 per cent.
    The picture was knocked down for five hundred.
    They held positions where they could knock down good money.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Re: connocations of "knock down"

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to share with me your opinion concerning the feasibility of the following sentences?

    He knocked his enemy down.
    He was knocked down by a bullet.
    He sells knocked down vehicles at cash.
    The goods were knocked down to the highest bidder.
    He was knocked down by a car.
    We have to knock down their house.
    Their arguments were knocked down like a house of cards.
    We have to try every possible to knock price down to $45.
    I managed to knock him down 10 per cent.
    The picture was knocked down for five hundred.
    They held positions where they could knock down good money.
    You could say:
    .
    We have to try every possible way to knock the price down to $45.


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    Re: connocations of "knock down"

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to share with me your opinion concerning the feasibility of the following sentences?

    He knocked his enemy down.
    He was knocked down by a bullet.
    He sells knocked down vehicles at cash.
    The goods were knocked down to the highest bidder.
    He was knocked down by a car.
    We have to knock down their house.
    Their arguments were knocked down like a house of cards.
    We have to try every possible to knock price down to $45.
    I managed to knock him down 10 per cent.
    The picture was knocked down for five hundred.
    They held positions where they could knock down good money.
    1) Using "to knock down" in its sense of "to topple, to fell with a blow, to bring to the ground by striking"

    He knocked his enemy down.
    - He struck his enemy so that the man fell to the ground.

    He was knocked down by a bullet.
    - Being hit by a bullet made him hit the ground.

    He was knocked down by a car.
    - He was thrown off his feet when a car struck him.

    We have to knock down their house.
    - This house will be broken up into pieces by wrecking and demolition equipment.
    http://www.rummelcreek.com/photo_gal...recking_05.jpg

    (a figurative use of this meaning)
    Their arguments were knocked down like a house of cards.
    - A "house of cards" is so delicately balanced that it is easily knocked down, so the arguments are likened to this unstable and easily-collapsed structure.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/theblo...of%20cards.jpg
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    2) Using "to knock down" in its informal meaning of "to discount the price of"

    He sells knocked down vehicles at cash.
    - He sells discount-priced cars (in the US "for" not "at") for cash - no credit (because the cost of credit keeps prices high.) If you want the knock-down price, pay cash. If you need the credit, expect to pay a little more.
    (I would hyphenate "knocked-down vehicles')

    The goods were knocked down to the highest bidder.
    - The items were sold at a discount to the highest bidder.
    This phrase recalls the moment during auctions when the auctioneer knocks with his hammer and says "Sold!" to the highest bidder.
    There is no necessary idea in this sentence that there was an actual "auction," but maybe there's a sense of competitive bidding -- such as on eBay.

    We have to try every possible to knock price down to $45.
    (This is not a grammatical sentence. I think some words are missing.)
    Maybe it should read:
    "We have to try everything possible to knock the price down to $45."
    - That means that the speakers urgently need to buy the item for no more than $45, and will use strategy or wiles to get the seller to discount it.

    I managed to knock him down 10 per cent.
    - I managed to get him to reduce the price by 10%

    The picture was knocked down for five hundred.
    - The picture was sold, but not just sold -- sold at a discount price of $500.
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    3) Using "to knock down" in its slang meaning of "to earn as wages"

    They held positions where they could knock down good money.
    - They had jobs that paid large salaries.

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    Re: connocations of "knock down"

    I'm not sure how the highest bidder got a discount when he promised to pay more than anybody else.




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    Re: connocations of "knock down"

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    I'm not sure how the highest bidder got a discount when he promised to pay more than anybody else.



    I never did understand high finance

    But actually, that's a good point.

    Possibly this sentence uses a slangy "knocked down" for "sold off."

    This would be an example of using a slang word in an even slangier way!

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