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phrasal verb informal
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyknock around
he/she/itknocks around
present participleknocking around
past tenseknocked around
past participleknocked around
  1. 1
    [transitive] to discuss ideas in an informal way
  2. 2
    [transitive] knock someone around to hit someone a lot

    Her husband had been knocking her around.

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  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] knock around something to spend time somewhere with no particular purpose

    I’d knocked around the Mediterranean for a few years.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] mainly British to spend time with someone because you are friends
    2. b.
      [intransitive] British to be somewhere in a place, although you do not know exactly where
  4. 4
    [transitive] knock someone around to kick, hit, or throw a ball in an informal game
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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