[Ads-l] knock it out

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Thu Jan 14 03:54:21 EST 2021


Not new to me, from 1970s construction work.
SG
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Subject: knock it out

to complete a job

Wiktionary (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/knock_out__;!!OToaGQ!6RqItKpKec_MISFQbAHrMlOwzjR2DpGqwcNHbZOpZzFublEo9lh9wta258Vgrqe6$  <https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/knock_out__;!!OToaGQ!6RqItKpKec_MISFQbAHrMlOwzjR2DpGqwcNHbZOpZzFublEo9lh9wta258Vgrqe6$ >): To complete, especially in haste; knock off.

OED and Merriam-Webster have earlier meanings of these with the requirement of haste or rough work:

OED: To make roughly or hastily.
MW (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knock__;!!OToaGQ!6RqItKpKec_MISFQbAHrMlOwzjR2DpGqwcNHbZOpZzFublEo9lh9wta25423WZsf$  out): to produce roughly or hastily

Exx

1. P & P Tree Service, LLC
10 Dec 2020
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This tree was a beast. We knocked it out safely and efficiently.

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2. Jeremy (saved by)
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Tried to do alone but was to much! Hired a couple and we knocked it out! They did a awesome job!

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3. Noreen L. Curry
17 Sep 2018
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We Knocked It Out

4. Patrick McCarthy
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We started early summer but really we knocked it out in like a week. All about that organic sound that had a feeling in the moment. When it’s right it’s right.

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Benjamin Barrett (he/him/his)
Formerly of Seattle, WA
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