knock back (2)INFORMAL
Meaning: to reject someone or something or to refuse a request for somethingSynonym: reject
- knock sb/sth back Even though another company offered Sarah a bigger salary, she knocked them back and stayed with our company.
- knock back sb/sth Lots of men have asked Marylin to marry them, but she has knocked back all of them.
Nouns often used as objects with knock back (2): request, application, offer, proposal, proposition
Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
The bank knocked back Terry's request for a housing loan, so he couldn't
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Contributor: Matt Errey