Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

knock off | a knock-off

knock offa knock-off
1) complete (work)
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • knock off work (early)
  • Analysis
    As a verb, 'to knock off' means the same as 'clock off', to 'knock off work' or finish work for the day. This is an informal expression used in social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I have to pick up my kids today, so I'll be knocking off work early.
    2. I knock off work at around 4.30 so I should be able to meet you at the cinema for five.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Okay, everyone, it's 5 pm. You can all knock off now and head home.
    2. Flexitime allows workers to begin early and knock off at a time that fits around their family's schedule.
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2) a fake version of something else
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    • a knock-off of the real thing
  • Analysis
    'A knock-off' (noun) is an imitation of the original or of a designer product or a counterfeit product. This expression can be used in social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I bought a cheap knock-off of a Hermes bag because I can't afford a real one.
    2. The painting looked identical to the real artist's work but considering the low price, it was obviously a knock-off.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Cheap knock-offs are estimated to cost some fashion houses millions in lost sales every year.
    2. Some knock-off and counterfeit make-up, when tested contained dangerous chemicals such as arsenic.
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