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"knockout" in British English

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knockoutnoun [C]

uk   /ˈnɒk.aʊt/  us   /ˈnɑːk.aʊt/
  • knockout noun [C] (COMPETITION)

(US elimination tournament) a competition in which only the winners of each stage play in the next stage, until one competitor or team is the final winner: The tournament is a straight knockout. a knockout competition/championship
  • knockout noun [C] (ATTRACTIVE)

informal a person or thing that looks, sounds, etc. extremely attractive: Your sister's a real knockout!

knockoutadjective

uk   /ˈnɒk.aʊt/  us   /ˈnɑːk.aʊt/ informal
(Definition of knockout from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"knockout" in American English

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knockoutnoun [C]

 us   /ˈnɑkˌɑʊt/
  • knockout noun [C] (BOXING)

(abbreviation KO) (in boxing) a situation in which a fighter falls after being hit and cannot get up in ten seconds: He won by a knockout in the tenth round.
  • knockout noun [C] (ATTRACTION)

slang a very attractive person or thing: She was a real knockout in her new dress.
(Definition of knockout from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"knockout" in Business English

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knockoutnoun [C]

(also knock-out) uk   us   /ˈnɒkaʊt/ FINANCE
an offer to buy something that is higher than competitors' offers: His bid was seen as a knock-out and shares of competing companies fell. a knockout bid/offer/price
(Definition of knockout from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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