Юлия Гофри (jgofri) wrote in linguaphiles,
Юлия Гофри
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American vs. British idiom meaning

Something that was mentioned to me before but I never thought to check the truth of this statement, until now.

To those who speak British English: is it true that the idiom "to knock someone up" only means "to get somebody pregnant" when used in American English?
In support of that, neither Merriam-Webster nor Oxford dictionary mention that meaning, at least not their online versions.  The Oxford dictionary, in fact, mentions a completely different meaning, something to do with the sports.
Can someone answer that?
I was also kind of curious as to what other idioms exist in one but not the other.
Tags: english, idioms
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