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knock over something
1. Sl. to steal something. (The over is usually before the object in this expression.) The gang knocked over an armored car. Some cheap crook knocked over a load of television sets.
2. Sl. to rob a place. (The over is usually before the object in this expression.) Max knocked over two banks in one week. He was the kind of punk who would try to knock over a filling station.
knock someone or something over
to push or strike someone or something, causing the person or the thing to fall. (See also knock over something; knock someone over (with a feather); knock something over.) l am sorry. I didn't mean to knock you over. Are you hurt? Who knocked over this vase?
knock someone over (with a feather)
Fig. to leave someone stunned or surprised by something extraordinary. (Fixed order.) I was so surprised that you could have knocked me over with a feather. Todd could have knocked me over with a feather when he told me his news.
knock something over
to tip something over. (See also knock over something.) Someone knocked the chair over. Who knocked over the flower pot?
1. Astonish, overcome, as in Their resemblance completely knocked me over. [Mid-1800s] Also see knock for a loop.
2. Steal or burgle, as in They knocked over one bank and headed for another. [Slang; 1920s]
1. To hit something abruptly and cause it to topple or fall to its side: I moved the lamp because every time I walked by it, I knocked it over. Don't knock over the block tower your sister built.
2. To make a strong and surprising impression on someone, especially a positive impression: The band's amazing performance knocked me over completely. The candidate's qualifications knocked over the interviewer, who was expecting much less.