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knock about

Definition of knock about

British informal

  1. 1 :  to spend time in (a place) without having a goal or purpose :  to wander around (a place) <He spent the summer knocking about (in) Europe.>

  2. 2 :  to spend time with (another person) <She was knocking about with her brother.>

  3. 3 :  to be considered or discussed in an informal way over a period of time <These ideas have been knocking about for years.>

  4. 4 :  to consider or talk about (ideas, plans, etc.) in an informal way <We knocked the plan about for a while before we came to an agreement.>

  5. 5 :  to beat or hit (someone) badly or repeatedly <The boy was getting knocked about by bullies.> —often used figuratively <I really got knocked about at the last staff meeting.>

  6. 6 :  to be lying somewhere within a general area or place <That jacket is knocking about here somewhere.>



Word by Word Definitions

knockplay
  1. :  to strike something with a sharp blow

    :  to collide with something

    :  bustle

  1. :  a sharp blow :  rap, hit

    :  a severe misfortune or hardship

    :  setback, reversal


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