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": Far From the Madding Crowd
The fire before them wasted away. "Men," said Bathsheba, "you shall take a little refreshment after this extra work. Will you come to the house?"
knock in a bit and a drop a good deal freer, Miss, if so be ye'd send it to Warren's Malthouse," replied the spokesman.
knock in a slang or colloquial phrasal verb for "eat, consume" (food and drink)?
I understand a bit and a drop to mean "food and drink".
Dec 23, 2014 at 20:27
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OED 1, s.v. Knock, gives
9. Knock in. a. trans. To drive or force in by blows or as by blows.
In support it cites
1892 T. Hardy in Harper’s Mag. Apr. 704 They knocked in the victuals and drink till they could hold no more.
Robert Graves somewhere observes that Hardy once told him he once went to the
OED to confirm a 'country' usage in a work he was writing and found the use described there—with Hardy himself as the only authority!
Dec 23, 2014 at 21:18
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Yes but I think it is outdated.
I've never heard it used.
knock (5) —in, (a) to eat, consume, to dispose of food ;
Edit: both uses cited are by Hardy. :)
Dec 23, 2014 at 21:19
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