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take a knock

To be diminished, injured, or negatively impacted in some way. Our profits are going to take a knock if we don't start reducing our manufacturing costs. He's taken some knocks out there tonight, and it looks like it's affecting his game.
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take a knock

suffer a material or emotional setback.
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take a (hard, nasty, etc.) ˈknock

have an experience that makes somebody/something less confident or successful; be damaged: His reputation has taken a bit of a knock since the newspapers printed stories about his private life.
See also: knock, take