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knock over (1) British English

Meaning: to hit somebody with a vehicle and injure or kill them

Synonym: knock down (British), run over

For example:

  • knock sb over We were walking along the side of the road when this crazy guy in a truck nearly knocked us over.

  • be/get knocked over Every day a few people get knocked over on the roads in this city.

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

Quick Quiz:

If you're driving your car and you knock somebody over and injure them, you should immediately
  1. call an ambulance
  2. drive off quickly
  3. check your car for damage

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