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knock up

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. impregnate, knock up, bang up, prang upverb

    make pregnant

    "He impregnated his wife again"


  1. knock upverb

    To put together, fabricate, or assemble, particularly if done hastily or temporarily. See also knock together.

  2. knock upverb

    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.

  3. knock upverb

    To exhaust; wear out; weary; beat; tire out; to fatigue until unable to do more.

  4. knock upverb

    To become exhausted or worn out; to fail of strength; to become wearied, as with labor; to give out.

  5. knock upverb

    To impregnate, especially out of wedlock. See knocked up.

  6. knock upverb

    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.


  1. knock up

    "Knock up" is an informal term or phrase with multiple possible meanings, primarily used in British and American English. 1) In British English, it generally refers to awakening or alerting someone by knocking on their door. 2) In sports such as Tennis or Cricket, it refers to a pre-match or pre-game warm-up in which players casually hit the ball back and forth. 3) In American English, it is a colloquial term for making someone pregnant, generally outside of marriage. 4) It can also mean to quickly assemble or create something, as in, "knocking up a meal." The specific context would determine the meaning.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of knock up in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of knock up in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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  • rozehrát, rozpinkatCzech
  • panna paksuksiFinnish
  • palleggiareItalian
  • [[сделать]] [[беременная, [[делать]] [[беременнаяRussian

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    A urban
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