knock off (2)

This page is about the slang term knock off (2)


to kill someone, to murder someone

For example

  • If you knock someone off in the U.S.A, you could get capital punishment and die in the electric chair or by lethal injection.

  • Truman Capote's great novel "In Cold Blood" is about two young guys who knock off a whole family in their home while trying to rob them.

The phrasal verb "knock off" is separable, so we can say "knock off somebody" or "knock somebody off" (as you see in the examples above).

Quick Quiz

The woman who lived next door knocked her husband off by

a. cooking his dinner

b. poisoning his dinner

c. nagging him to death

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Contributor: Matt Errey