knock up

v bang upon someone’s door, generally to get them out of bed: OK, g’night – can you knock me up in the morning? In U.S. English, “knocking someone up” means getting them pregnant. Although most Brits will feign innocence, they do know the U.S. connotations of the phrase and it adds greatly to the enjoyment of using it. Both Brits and Americans share the term “knocking off,” to mean various other things.

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Everyday Speech

Related words

knackered, knock about, lie-in, miffed

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