knock (someone or something) out of (someone or something)

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knock (someone or something) out of (someone or something)

1. To cause something to empty out of or become dislodged from something else with repeated forceful strikes. I was trying to knock some ketchup out of the glass bottle, and a huge amount of it ended up gushing out all at once. Before vacuum cleaners, you used to have to knock the dirt out of rugs with wooden paddles called carpet beaters.
2. To cause someone or something to fall or move out of something due to a forceful bump or impact. The sudden jolt of the carriage knocked me out of my seat. The kids were roughhousing and knocked the coffee table out of its proper spot.
3. To cause someone or something to no longer be in the correct status or condition due to a forceful blow, bump, or impact. The punch really knocked him out of his senses. You probably knocked the wheel out of alignment when you hit the curb.
4. To cause one to come out of some semiconscious state, especially with a forceful bump, strike, or impact. A bump in the road knocked Sarah out of her daydream. He came over and knocked me out of my daze with a slap upside the head.
5. To cause one to relinquish some information through physical force. The police knocked a confession out of the poor man. The mob boss sent a couple of goons around to knock the truth out of the accountant.
6. To eliminate someone from a competition or contest. Last year's champion was knocked out of the tournament in the very first round. Three more candidates have been knocked out of the primaries after the most recent round of voting.
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knock something out of someone

to beat someone until something emerges or dissipates. Max knocked the truth out of the spy. Lefty knocked the story out of Max.
See also: knock, of, out

knock something out of something

to beat or knock on something until something comes out. Timmy knocked the stuffing out of his pillow. Someone knocked the coins out of my piggy bank.
See also: knock, of, out
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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