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"knocker" in British English

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knockernoun [C]

uk   /ˈnɒk.ər/  us   /ˈnɑː.kɚ/
  • knocker noun [C] (METAL OBJECT)

(also doorknocker) a ​metalobjectattached to a ​door that ​visitors use to ​hit the ​door in ​order to ​attractattention
  • knocker noun [C] (CRITIC)

UK informal disapproving a ​person who is always ​criticizing someone or something
(Definition of knocker from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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knockernoun [C]

 us   /ˈnɑk·ər/
a ​metalobjectattached to the ​outsidesurface of a ​door in such a way that it can be ​hit against the ​door to make a ​noise, getting the ​attention of those inside
(Definition of knocker from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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