: to spend time in (a place) without having a goal or purpose : to wander around (a place)
He spent the summer knocking around (in) Europe.
: to spend time with (another person)
She was knocking around with her brother.
: to be considered or discussed in an informal way over a period of time
These ideas have been knocking around for years.
: to consider or talk about (ideas, plans, etc.) in an informal way
We knocked the plan around for a while before we came to an agreement. They knocked around several possible names for the new car.
: to beat or hit (someone) badly or repeatedly
The boy was getting knocked around by bullies.
—often used figuratively I really got knocked around at the last staff meeting.
: to be lying somewhere within a general area or place
That jacket is knocking around here somewhere.
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