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  • I spent 20 minutes knocking up this program

    I don't think any American writer would have used that phrase in quite that fashion.

    I remember reading in a Sherlock Holmes story, when Holmes wakes up Dr. Watson by knocking on his door early in the morning, he apologizes by saying:

    Very sorry to knock you up, Watson, but it's the common lot this morning. Someone knocked up Mrs. Hudson, she prevailed upon me, and I upon you.

    (I may not have the quote 100%, but it's very close.)