Phrasal Verbs

knock over (2)

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

American and Australian English INFORMAL


to rob something like a bank or a shop



For example

  • knock over sth If drugs were given to addicts they wouldn't have to knock over stores and shops to get the money to buy them.

  • knock over sth Terrorists have been knocking over banks to get money for weapons.

Nouns often used as objects with knock over (2): bank, store, jewellery store, liquor store, gold shop, gun shop, pawn shop


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

Quick Quiz

If you're going to knock over a bank, you'll probably need

a. your passbook

b. some photo identification

c. a gun

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