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knock over (2) American and Australian English Informal

Meaning: to rob something like a bank or a shop

Synonym: rob

For example:

  • knock over sth If drugs were given to addicts they wouldn't have to knock over stores and shops to get the money to buy them.

  • knock over sth Terrorists have been knocking over banks to get money for weapons.

Nouns often used as objects with
knock over (2): bank, store, jewellery store, liquor store, gold shop, gun shop, pawn shop

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

Quick Quiz:

If you're going to knock over a bank, you'll probably need
  1. your passbook
  2. some photo identification
  3. a gun

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