Knock"-out`, a. That knocks out; characterized by knocking out; as, a knock-out blow; a knock-out key for knocking out a drill from a collet.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
knock"-out`(?), n. Act of knocking out, or state of being knocked out; the act of rendering a person unconscious by a blow. [wns=1]
[Webster 1913 Suppl. + WordNet 1.5]
2. a blow which causes a person to become unconscious.
Syn. -- knockout blow, knockout punch.
(Boxing) the winning of a boxing contest by rendering the opponent unable to stand for a specified period, usually a count of ten; -- in contrast to a win by a
decision; as, Muhammed Ali won by a
knockout in the first round.
4. a strikingly beautiful woman.
knock-out dropsn. pl. Drops of any drug, used to a person to fall asleep or become unconscious or stupefied for the purpose of robbery, etc.; they are usually mixed into a drink so that the person consuming it does so unknowingly. One compound used for this purpose is chloral hydrate. [Slang, U. S.]
[Webster 1913 Suppl. + PJC]
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