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knock down (1)

Meaning: If something like a building or a wall is knocked down, it is destroyed on purpose.

Synonym: demolish

For example:

  • be knocked down The old hotel was knocked down so that a new one could be built.

  • knock sth down If we knocked the tool shed down, we could put a vegetable garden there instead.

  • knock down sth How much would it cost to knock down the stone wall behind the swimming pool?

Nouns often used as objects with
knock down (1): building, house, shed, church, wall, fence, billboard, signpost

Quick Quiz:

The council wanted to knock down the old theatre, but many of the residents were against the plan. They wanted the theatre to be
  1. destroyed
  2. closed
  3. preserved

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