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tv. to criticize someone or something. Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it.

knock

/throw for a loop
Slang To surprise tremendously; astonish.
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THE knock at the door was repeated--a louder knock than before.
Two distinct knocks, sir, will produce the slavey at any time.
In the midst of all their noise, a knock was heard at the door.
Eight foot and a half, and 'twill knock down a calf"--here he made it whistle in the air--"and I hope it will knock down you.
This he proceeded to do at short intervals, until, after what seemed a very long time, he was rewarded by hearing footsteps ascending the stairs, and presently a knock upon the door.
If it is a workman, I need but knock against the wall, and he will cease to work, in order to find out who is knocking, and why he does so; but as his occupation is sanctioned by the governor, he will soon resume it.
You would only knock on the floor,' objected Annette.
Stroeve made as though he were about to knock, and then turned to me with a gesture of helplessness.
You would have thought her the hardest person had not a knock on the wall summoned us about this time to my sister's side.
Some knock at but one door and bring a hansom, but others go from street to street in private 'buses, and even wear false noses to conceal the sufferings you inflict upon them as you grew more and more like your sweet cruel mamma.
If you want to preach, come and take a pick now, and preach when they're resting,' and he did and worked well too, and afterwards when we had to knock off, he preached, and Trent took the chair and made 'em all listen.
Jackson promised to knock Ah Moy's block off if he did not feed the puppy well, while Sigurd Halvorsen, in the forecastle, did his best to knock off Henrik Gjertsen's block when the latter was guilty of kicking Scraps out of his way.
If they told a boy they would knock seven bells out of him if he did a certain thing, when he did that thing, seven bells invariably were knocked out of him.
Armed with this ominous letter of introduction, I kicked a chair down against the folding-doors, by way of giving a preliminary knock to arouse the housekeeper's attention.
Let me hear you make those remarks again,' said the young man, 'and I'll knock that head of yours in among the wine-glasses behind you there.