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knock off (2) British and Australian English Informal

Meaning: to steal something

Synonym: rip off (informal), steal

For example:

  • knock off sth Jimmy got into trouble when he was caught knocking off sweets from the school canteen.

  • knock sth off If you have a party in your home, hide anything valuable or someone might knock it off.

Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

After someone knocked off Mike's bicycle, he
  1. took them to the hospital
  2. reported it to the police
  3. took it to be repaired

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