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knock

2 noun
     
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1 [countable] the sound of something hard hitting a hard surface:
a loud knock at the door
a knock in the engine
2 [countable] the action of something hard hitting your body:
He got a knock on the head when he fell.
3

take a knock

informal to have some bad luck or trouble:
Clive's taken quite a few hard knocks lately.

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