Phrasal Verbs

knock off (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb knock off (2)

British and Australian English INFORMAL


to steal something


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.


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

a. took them to the hospital

b. reported it to the police

c. took it to be repaired

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