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knock

(nok),
1. Colloquialism for a blow, especially a blow to the head.
2. A sound simulating that of a blow or rap.
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Daniel Quilp of Tower Hill, and Sampson Brass of Bevis Marks in the city of London, Gentleman, one of her Majesty's attornies of the Courts of the King's Bench and Common Pleas at Westminster and a solicitor of the High Court of Chancery, slumbered on, unconscious and unsuspicious of any mischance, until a knocking on the street door, often repeated and gradually mounting up from a modest single rap to a perfect battery of knocks, fired in long discharges with a very short interval between, caused the said Daniel Quilp to struggle into a horizontal position, and to stare at the ceiling with a drowsy indifference, betokening that he heard the noise and rather wondered at the same, and couldn't be at the trouble of bestowing any further thought upon the subject.
Two distinct knocks, sir, will produce the slavey at any time.
I'll never knock on another floor as long as I live,' said the ex-brute, reassuringly.
Any time things aren't going right just knock on the ceiling.
So the only thing for you to do is to knock on the ceiling.
He must have frozen too,' thought Nikita of Mukhorty, and indeed those hoof knocks against the sledge, which had awakened Nikita, were the last efforts the already numbed Mukhorty had made to keep on his feet before dying.
In the midst of all their noise, a knock was heard at the door.
Passing down the street, the Caliph had been attracted by the music of instruments and the sound of laughter, and had ordered his vizir to go and knock at the door of the house, as he wished to enter.
I warned ye baith, it was a clean impossibility to knock at the door this time.
Twa knocks at the door--and an unco trouble in opening it, after that--is joost the least ye can do for them
They had scarcely taken their seats when there was another double knock.
Another knock at the door announced a large-headed young man in a black wig, who brought with him a scorbutic youth in a long stock.