knock out (3)
Meaning: If you knock somebody out of a competition, they cannot continue because you've defeated them.
- be/get knocked out Everyone was very surprised to see Roger get knocked out in the first round of the tournament.
- knock out sb/sth In the FA Cup, small clubs like Stratford Town can knock out huge clubs like Liverpool.
- knock sb/sth out If you're going to win, you'll have to knock out some of the world's best players.
After being knocked out of the World Cup, the English team