knock back

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knock back

1. To drink something, usually an alcoholic beverage, quickly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "knock" and "back." Let's get together and knock back some cold ones tonight.
2. To physically force someone or something backwards. A noun or pronoun can be used between "knock" and "back." The rumbling of the earthquake knocked us all back.
3. To cost someone a particular amount of money. A noun or pronoun can be used between "knock" and "back." Geez, how much is this car repair going to knock me back?
See also: back, knock

knock someone back (an amount of money)

to cost an amount of money. That trip to Spain knocked me back almost $3,500. How much did that new furniture knock us back?
See also: back, knock

knock something back

Sl. to drink down a drink of something, especially something alcoholic. (See also knock back a drink.) I don't see how he can knock that stuff back. John knocked back two beers in ten minutes.
See also: back, knock

knock back

Also, knock it back. Gulp down an alcoholic beverage, as in He knocked back glass after glass of wine, or I hear you've been knocking it back a bit. [First half of 1900s]
See also: back, knock

knock back

v.
1. To hit someone or something abruptly, repelling it: With a swing of the racket, she knocked the ball back to her opponent. The blast from the explosion knocked me back into the fence. The post was crooked, so I got a hammer and knocked it back into place.
2. To drink something, especially an alcoholic drink, quickly or in large amounts: After he knocked back six beers, we took his car keys away. She knocked the rest of the bottle back and went to bed.
See also: back, knock

knock one back

verb
See also: back, knock, one

knock something back

tv. to drink down a drink of something, especially something alcoholic. (see also knock back a drink.) John knocked back two beers in ten minutes.
See also: back, knock, something
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He added: "When we knock somebody back for being underage they will go to someone who's doing it in a house somewhere.