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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