knock up (2)

British and Australian English offensive!
This page is about the phrasal verb knock up (2).

Meaning: to make a woman pregnant

For example:

  • knock sb up Does anyone know who knocked her up?

  • be/get knocked up Of course I knew I could get knocked up if he didn't use a condom!

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

Quick Quiz:

A lot of young men are knocking up their girlfriends because they

a. get angry with them

b. can't afford cell phones

c. don't use condoms

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