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Phrasal Verbs

knock out (3)

This page is about the phrasal verb knock out (3)

Meaning

If you knock somebody out of a competition, they cannot continue because you've defeated them.

For example

  • be/get knocked out Everyone was very surprised to see Roger get knocked out in the first round of the tournament.

  • knock out sb/sth In the FA Cup, small clubs like Stratford Town can knock out huge clubs like Liverpool.

  • knock sb/sth out If you're going to win, you'll have to knock out some of the world's best players.

Quick Quiz

After being knocked out of the World Cup, the English team

a. won the tournament

b. got into the semi-finals

c. went home

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