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    a knock-down argument

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    This may look like an easy knock-down argument against a silly theory which nobody has ever seriously held: but what is true of mental pictures would seem to be true of any kind of mental representing process which encodes sensations in some determinate form.

    a knock-down argument = clincher = an argument that is conclusive

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: a knock-down argument

    In AmE, a "knock-down argument" refers to a very heated, hotly contested arguement, one in which the opposing sides nearly come to blows.

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