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Offline kraphs

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That knocked ...
« on: February 17, 2016, 03:46:05 am »
I have difficulty understanding the underlined part.

<"Have a seat there, boy," old Spencer said. He meant the bed.
I sat on it. "How's your grippe, sir?"
"M'boy, if I felt any better I'd have to send for the doctor," old Spencer said. That knocked him out. He started chuckling like a madman. Then he finally straightened himself out and said, "Why aren't you down at the game? ...> (The Catcher in the Rye)

1. What does that refer to?
2. What does knock ... out mean?

Thanks in advance.

Offline Darryl

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Re: That knocked ...
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2016, 07:46:57 am »
1. That refers to the comment old Spencer made about having to send for the doctor.

2. 'That knocked him out' means that the comment made him highly amused. In modern parlance we might say 'blew him away'.