knock up
  • IPA: /nɒk ʌp/

knock up

  1. (colloquial) To put together, fabricate, or assemble, particularly if done hastily or temporarily. See also knock together. [from 16th c.]
    I'll just knock up a quick demo for the sales presentation.
  2. (British) To awaken (someone) as by knocking at the door; rouse; call; summon; also, to go door-to-door on election day to persuade a candidate's supporters to go to the polling station and vote. See also knocker up. [from 17th c.]
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 15
      However, by dint of beating about a little in the dark, and now and then knocking up a peaceable inhabitant to inquire the way, we at last came to something which there was no mistaking.
    • 1892, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, page 1
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    • 1966: Ngaio Marsh, Death at the Dolphin, page 160 ↗
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  3. (dated) To exhaust; wear out; tire out; to fatigue until unable to do more. [from 18th c.]
    • 1861, John Petherick, Egypt, the Soudan and Central Africa, page 389 ↗
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  4. (dated, intransitive) To become exhausted or worn out; to fail of strength; to become wearied, as with labor; to give out. [from 18th c.]
    • 1856, Thomas de Quincey, Memorials, page 81 ↗
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  5. (slang) To impregnate, especially out of wedlock. See knocked up. [from 19th c.]
    I guess his summer plans are shot now that he knocked his girlfriend up.
    • 2015, Jaime Loren, Waiting for April, Pan (ISBN 9781760300081)
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  6. (racket sports, intransitive) To gently hit the ball back and forth before a tennis match, as practice or warm-up, and to gauge the state of the playing surface, lighting, etc. See knock-up. [from 19th c.]
    • [ The Tennis & Rackets Association - Tournament Rules]
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  7. (bookbinding) To make even at the edges, or to shape into book form.
    to knock up printed sheets
Synonyms Translations
  • French: encloquer
  • Russian: де́лать беременная
  • Spanish: hacer un bombo

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