Definition of knock back phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


knock back

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb Thirst
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1(British English) to prevent somebody from achieving something or making progress, especially by rejecting them or something that they suggest or ask related noun knock-back
  2. 2(British English) to surprise or shock somebody Hearing the news really knocked me back.

knock somebody back something

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(British English, informal) to cost somebody a lot of money That house must have knocked them back a bit.
(informal) to drink something quickly, especially an alcoholic drink See related entries: Thirst

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