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knock off (3) British and Australian English

Meaning: to steal something

For example:

  • My eldest son Justin was caught by store detectives after he'd knocked off a pair of jeans.

  • I was worried about kids stealing stuff from our house during the party, but luckily they didn't knock anything off.

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

Quick Quiz:

While we were away on holiday, someone knocked off
  1. our house
  2. our front door
  3. our mailbox

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