knock back

knock back
1) PHRASAL VERB If you knock back a drink, especially an alcoholic one, you drink it quickly, and often in large amounts. [INFORMAL]

[V P n (not pron)] He was knocking back his 10th gin and tonic of the day...

[V n P] She poured some vodka into a glass and knocked it back in two swallows.

2) PHRASAL VERB If an event, situation, or person knocks you back, they prevent you from progressing or achieving something. [mainly BRIT]

[V n P] It seemed as though every time we got rolling something came along to knock us back...

[V P n (not pron)] That really knocked back any hope for further peace negotiations for a while.


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