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(as) black as Newgate's knocker

dated Completely black; totally without light or color. Refers to the black iron knocker on the door of Newgate Prison in London. Primarily heard in UK. The basement gives me the creeps, it's as black as Newgate's knocker down there!
See also: black, knocker

on the knocker

Going door to door, as to solicit a a sale or vote or to provide information. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. When I was just out of college, I had a job on the knocker for a mobile phone provider to get people to switch their plans. We're urging everyone who wants to see this referendum pass to get out on the knocker and spread the word.
See also: knocker, on

up to the knocker

As good as what was expected, required, or demanded; satisfactory or adequate. A: "How's your dinner?" B: "It's up to the knocker, on par with this place's usual standard." It's nice to see that Jenny's work is up to the knocker again lately.
See also: knocker, up

apple-knocker

Someone who hails from a rural place and is regarded as unworldly. Ugh, those apple-knockers move too slow for life here in the big city.

on the knocker

1 going from door to door, usually canvassing, buying, or selling. 2 (of payment) immediately; on demand. Australian & New Zealand informal
See also: knocker, on

up to the knocker

in good condition; to perfection. informal
See also: knocker, up

knockers

1. n. the breasts. (Usually objectionable.) Nice knockers, huh?
2. n. the testicles. (Usually objectionable.) Pow, right in the knockers. Ye gods, it hurt!
See also: knocker

apple-knocker

A country bumpkin. One of the many terms that city slickers applied to less sophisticated rural dwellers (“rube,” “hayseed,” and “Gomer” are others). The phrase came from fruit harvesters using long sticks to dislodge the hanging crop.
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"Good idea!" said Knocker. We looked around for something to dig with and found the builder's shovels stored in the cement mixer and borrowed a couple of them.
Upping the stakes, and including the word "ruddy" in the offensive tirade - as in: "Sir, you are a ruddy silly Billy" - would have fulfilled the criteria required for "knobs and knockers" punishment, a sanction that raised a mischievous snigger among the lower sixth.
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When a snag occurs, slip the metal frame over your line, hold the retrieval cord in one hand with the fishing line in the other and let the lure knocker slide down to the snag.
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Getting no answer, he knocked more vigorously and the door knocker came off in his hand.
Architecture expert Barry Lawson, from Gosforth, Newcastle, has recreated the distinctive lions head door knocker which was attached to Durham Cathedral's north door for 900 years.
IT STARTED with Johnny Hancocks, has now included Knocker Knowles and soon Major Buckley will be making an appearance.
Knocker had become disorientated and so had we all, with the result that both teams hustled him into touch, combined efforts being needed in a unique emergency.
Dear Editor, - I haven't been a knocker of Doug Ellis since he took over at Villa.
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