Sailor Speak of the Week – Knock Off

Definition

Verb

  • A standard order given to stop work or whatever one is doing.

Origin

Probably before the 15th Century. Possibly from ancient times when galleys were rowed to the rhythm of drums and the signal to rest was given.

Comments

Another standard order that has entered common usage. Now, if only teenagers would obey when I gave the command.

References

Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport Museum.

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