knock sth out

knock sth out
UK US knock sth out
Phrasal Verb with knock({{}}/nɒk/ verb [T]
INFORMAL
to produce something quickly without spending time thinking about the details: »

Modern computer games take a long time to develop; you can no longer knock one out in three months.

to stop a machine, system, etc. from working: »

Powerful storms knocked out electricity to more than a million customers in the area in July.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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