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    #1

    the meaning of knock

    Dear all,

    His careless remark knocked my confidence.

    In the sentence above, does "knock" mean "crash" or something?

    I checked "knock" in my dictionary, but I couldn't find an appropriate definition.

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: the meaning of knock

    Where did you encounter this sentence? It's an unusual collocation.

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    #3

    Re: the meaning of knock

    Actually, I made up that sentense because the original passage was long. The following is a part of the the original. The last line has "knock someone's confidence". Does "knock" mean "crash" or "damage" in that context?
    Ultimately, the thrill created by being told ‘You’re so clever’ gave way to an increase in anxiety and a drop in self-esteem, motivation and performance. When asked by the researchers to write to children in another school, recounting their experience, some of the ‘clever’ children lied, inflating their scores. In short, all it took to knock these youngsters’ confidence, to make them so unhappy that they lied, was one sentence of praise.

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    #4

    Re: the meaning of knock

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Actually, I made up that sentense because the original passage was long. The following is a part of the the original. The last line has "knock someone's confidence". Does "knock" mean "crash" or "damage" in that context?
    Ultimately, the thrill created by being told ‘You’re so clever’ gave way to an increase in anxiety and a drop in self-esteem, motivation and performance. When asked by the researchers to write to children in another school, recounting their experience, some of the ‘clever’ children lied, inflating their scores. In short, all it took to knock these youngsters’ confidence, to make them so unhappy that they lied, was one sentence of praise.
    Not A Teacher.

    In this context knock does mean damage their confidence.
    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de.../english/knock

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    #5

    Re: the meaning of knock

    Normally should 'crush their confidence' be used instead?

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    #6

    Re: the meaning of knock

    "To knock someone's confidence" works perfectly well in BrE. It means that you made that person a bit less confident.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: the meaning of knock

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It's an unusual collocation.
    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "To knock someone's confidence" works perfectly well in BrE.
    I wonder why an unusual collocation can work perfectly well. I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: the meaning of knock

    I was surprised that Rover thought it was an unusual collocation in BrE. Maybe it's a regional difference.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: the meaning of knock

    Try:

    His careless remark shook my confidence.
    or
    His careless remark dampened my confidence.


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    #10

    Re: the meaning of knock

    How about 'blunt my confidence'?

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