Translation of knock in Spanish:


golpe, n.

Pronunciation /nɑk//nɒk/


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    golpe masculine
    (in engine) golpeteo masculine
    (in engine) cascabeleo masculine Latin America
    I heard a knock at the door oí que llamaron a la puerta
    • he gave a couple of knocks before entering llamó (a la puerta) un par de veces antes de entrar
    • give me a knock when you're ready da un golpe en la puerta cuando estés listo
    • There was another knock, this time louder, then the sound of the door opening.
    • When added to gasoline in minute amounts, tetraethyl lead prevents engine knock and increases the gasoline's octane rating.
    • This is used to determine when to adjust ignition timing to control knock. - CAS
    • As Willow was about to speak, a loud knock sounded on the door.
    • About two minutes later, there was a short knock at the cabin door.
    • He opened his mouth to speak but was interrupted by a sudden knock at the door.
    • He nearly jumped out of his skin when the knock sounded at the door.
    • All of a sudden there was a knock at the front door.
    • She was walking towards her bedroom when a knock sounded on the door.
    • He heard another knock and the soft sound of a doorknob being turned.
    • The sound of a knock at the door woke him from his reverie, and he walked quickly downstairs.
    • Petrol fuels contain a host of additives to enhance octane rating, lower engine knock and counteract water.
    • In the 1920s, lead was added to petrol, and this addition allowed vehicles to reach higher speeds without engine knock.
    • I jumped as a sharp knock sounded at my door.
    • There was a sudden knock at the door, the noise seemingly unnatural and loud in the silence that I had gotten accustomed to in the past half-hour.
    • There was no reply, just another knock, louder than the first.
    • Lucas oil Octane Booster eliminates spark knocks, pinging, and dieseling while promoting clean fuel burn for fewer emissions and better mileage.
    • There was a loud, hard knock at the door.
    • It was already very late into the night and Rosalind was beginning to doze off in her chair by the window when a sudden knock at the door startled her out of sleep.
    • She was gazing into the mirror, not really paying attention to the task at hand when a knock sounded at the door.
    • She must have dozed off, because the sound of a knock at the door made her nearly jump a foot in the air.
    • A sharp knock sounded at the door, interrupting their conversation.
    • At half-past six on the dot, a knock sounded on the door.
    • He smiled and leaned down to kiss her, frowning as a sudden knock sounded on the door.
    • Justin heard loud knocks coming from the front door.
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    golpe masculine
    I got a knock on the head me di un golpe en la cabeza
    • No matter how well you drive, with such tight racing and constant jostling for places it is inevitable that you will incur a few bumps and knocks along the way.
    • Jonathan Smith is expected to undergo a fitness test after sustaining a knock to his knee on Sunday.
    • He suffered a bad knock on the head in the second half.
    • The front wings are plastic and can withstand 15 km/h knocks without damage which reduces repairs.
    • The Rams' only other injury worry is over Chris Clarke, who took a knock to a leg during the game at Flixton.
    • Chelsea could be without William Gallas, who suffered a knock against Villa.
    • As the blood supply for the scalp is so good, any knock received tends to bleed profusely resulting in blood everywhere and bruising as a result.
    • The bumps, jarring and knocks can damage the helmet.
    • At present, an estimated three million people in the UK suffer from the condition, which weakens the skeleton so that a simple knock can snap a bone.
    • Since one wall was completely knocked down two weeks ago, two more knocks have left the other cracked and weakened.
    • He bent over a little and rubbed his head, it was already throbbing from before so another knock didn't make him feel any better.
    • Of course with football being a very physical game there were always plenty of knocks to be taken, some leading to injuries and lay-offs.
    • Head guards and helmets protect the skull and the brain from injuries caused by knocks to the head during sports and greatly reduce the risk of serious head injuries.
    • Bumps and knocks to the head are quite common, particularly among children.
    • While the shell does protect the phone's internal components from everyday knocks and bumps, it is not waterproof, merely water resistant.
    • One swift knock to the head knocked the guy out, and we left.
    • This time his injury was as a result of an accidental knock to his head as he was laying on a tackle.
    • Gashes and knocks that would put a professional footballer out of action for weeks tend to be shrugged off.
    • At no stage during the match could he recall having sustained a knock to his head.
    • A player just took a hard knock to the head and is lying on the field.
  • 3

    • 3.1informal (setback)

      golpe masculine
      he has taken a lot of knocks in his time le han dado / ha recibido muchos golpes en la vida
      • the company has taken some bad knocks recently la compañía ha tenido serios reveses últimamente
      • There are enough hard knocks and challenges in life without us deliberately providing them for each other.
      • He seems like the kind of guy who has lived life and taken a few hard knocks along the way.
      • After the knock suffered by the industry last year because of the Foot and Mouth crisis, tourism operators were hoping for rather better luck this year.
      • Scotland has become a harsher place and our image as a tolerant and open minded nation has taken a severe knock.
      • The party has taken greater knocks in its history than this minor set-back.
      • From Australia's point of view, having got so close and then losing was a big knock.
      • I've suffered a lot of knocks over the years, but I've survived them.
      • In the past couple of years, profits at many companies have taken a severe knock.
      • In a nutshell, I hadn't suffered the same hard knocks and had little chance of knowing what was really important in life.
      • Steeton saw their chance of promotion from Division One take a severe knock when they were beaten 2-1 at Ardsley Celtic.
      • As the weeks passed, it became ever harder to make ends meet and a £140 servicing for Vivienne's car was a severe knock.
      • We're big enough to take the knocks when they're due, but is it so unthinkable sometimes to recognise and celebrate success?
      • Hovingham's chances of lifting the divisional trophy took a knock when they suffered a shock defeat at Clifton Alliance.
      • But this appeal has suffered two huge knocks of late.

    • 3.2informal (criticism)

      crítica feminine
      palo masculine informal
      she's taken a lot of knocks from the critics los críticos la han vapuleado mucho
      • The only knock is he lacks experience against elite-level competition.
      • In recent seasons, the FA Cup has taken a few knocks from the critics, but in my eyes there is still a lot of magic associated with the competition.
      • If they want to get ahead, Ms McIntosh says, women have to be prepared to develop thick skins, and the confidence to take the knocks and criticism that go with a high-powered job.
      • This is no knock against Lucas, who does a fine job in his short scenes, but it is a structural problem that the film does not entirely solve.

transitive verb

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    (strike, push)
    to knock one's head/knee on/against sth darse (un golpe) en la cabeza/rodilla con/contra algo
    • she knocked my elbow me dio (un golpe) en el codo
    • to knock a nail into the wall/a peg into the ground clavar un clavo en la pared/una estaca en la tierra
    • knock the nail in a bit further clava / mete el clavo un poco más
    • she knocked the vase off the shelf tiró el jarrón de la repisa
    • to knock sb to the ground tirar a algn al suelo
    • he was knocked to the ground by the blast/blow la explosión/el golpe lo tiró al suelo / lo tumbó
    • to knock the bottom out of a box desfondar una caja
    • she knocked the glass out of his hand le hizo caer el vaso de la mano
    • to knock holes in sth hacer agujeros en algo
    • they knocked a large hole in the wall hicieron un gran boquete en la pared
    • the two rooms were knocked into one tiraron la pared (abajo) para unir las dos habitaciones
    • the blow knocked her unconscious el golpe la dejó inconsciente
  • 2informal

    hablar mal de
    • It is hard to knock a man with such charisma and unswerving comic timing, but anyone having had the pleasure of seeing him on stage before would have been disappointed at the lack of new material.
    • That's because whenever they do, they never offer any praise, they will just jump straight in and start knocking what I've done.
    • Critics knock the X3 for its austere interior, but most BMWs tend toward the spartan.
    • Overall, I'm not bad for a man knocking 60.
    • He was raised to think he's the greatest by his parents, who wanted to instill a strong sense of self in him, so it's hard to knock him for his attitude.
    • I'm not knocking the company, but it's going to be too small for institutional investors.
    • So stop knocking the town you live in and be proud of what we have and what has been achieved here.
    • We had a fair amount of possession and worked hard, I can't knock the commitment.
    • It's hard to knock this decision in political terms, and it has a defensible legal rationale.
    • He sounded a little disappointed to hear that they were all knocking thirty.

intransitive verb

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    (on door)
    golpear Latin America
    tocar Latin America
    she went in without knocking entró sin llamar
    • to knock on / at the door llamar a la puerta
    • Competitors from the Asian neighborhood are already knocking at Korea's door.
    • Cameron knocked twice, and the unfamiliar face of Jason Phillips appeared behind a large oak door.
    • I sort of blinked, decided I was dreaming again - I often dream there's someone ringing or knocking at the door - and drifted back to sleep.
    • He first learned that a newspaper was on to him when his former mistress interrupted a dinner with a colleague to tell him the News Of The World had been knocking at her door.
    • He knocked lightly at the door but there was no answer.
    • ‘Next time knock before you come in’ I muttered, my face still beet red as I dried the plates.
    • Her thoughts were interrupted when she heard Steve softly knock at the door before he came in.
    • A drunk guy had spilled his drink on me and I wanted to wash my shirt so I barged in without knocking.
    • Amy and I waited until I got sick and tired of waiting, and knocked lightly on the window.
    • There was no noise from inside, so she knocked loudly.
    • He knocks loudly at the door, and it swings open with a ponderous creak.
    • I had just flatly refused to talk to anybody for a few days but Beverly came knocking at my door.
    • She went to Mark's apartment and knocked on the door.
    • Jim hung his coat on a peg in the waiting area and walked over to the door, knocking quietly as he opened it.
    • When they approached and knocked on the bathroom door, they heard scuffling and the toilet flushing.
    • After a moment, he knocked louder, trying to compete with the noise.
    • Elena knocked, straightening her suit coat, smoothing her hair.
    • He knocked gently on the door, drawing the attention of every person in the room.
    • Motorists who somehow believe fines will go away if they are ignored will regret their action when bailiffs come knocking at the door.
    • Tash was ready and waiting when David knocked at her door and ushered her into a waiting taxi.
    • The Slovenian driver was asleep in his cab when he was woken by a man knocking on the window.
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    to knock against/into sb/sth darse / chocar contra algn/algo
    • I almost knocked into her por poco choqué con ella
    • About five of the guys sneered at me while the others ‘accidentally’ knocked into my side.
    • As she stepped forward a couple of younger boys came pounding down the sidewalk and both knocked into her, sending her falling backwards towards the street.
    • Most of that evening was pretty much a blur, except I do remember when Adam knocked my elbow by mistake and made me spill a drink all over myself.
    • The window suddenly swung open inside, the frame knocking him hard on the chin and sending him sprawling on his back.
    • You might accidentally knock heads with your partner.
  • 3

    (engine) golpetear
    (engine) cascabelear Latin America
    • While driving your car, you can also listen to the engine: if you hear knocking, it's a good sign that you have trouble.
    • The only time you should consider using a higher-octane gas is if your engine starts to knock or ping.
    • This premature ignition (called knocking or pinging) lowers the power output and can damage the engine.