Definition of knock-back noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

knock-back

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noun
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; NAmE
 
(informal)
 
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a difficulty or problem that makes you feel less confident that you will be successful in something that you are doing, especially when somebody rejects you or something you suggest or ask He had a few knock-backs, but eventually became one of the most highly-paid footballers in England.

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