knock around

Definition of knock around


  1. 1 :  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.

  2. 2 British :  to spend time with (another person) She was knocking around with her brother.

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

  4. 4 :  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.

  5. 5 :  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.

  6. 6 chiefly British :  to be lying somewhere within a general area or place That jacket is knocking around here somewhere.

Word by Word Definitions

  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

  1. :  in a circle or in circumference

    :  in, along, or through a circuit

    :  on all or various sides :  in every or any direction

  1. :  on all sides of

    :  so as to encircle or enclose

    :  so as to avoid or get past :  on or to another side of

  1. :  about

    :  being in existence, evidence, or circulation

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