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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

or knock about British

  1. 1
    [transitive] knock someone around to hit someone a lot

    Her husband had been knocking her around.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] knock around something to spend time somewhere with no particular purpose

    I knocked around the Mediterranean for almost three years after leaving school.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to spend time with someone because you are friends
      knock around with/together:

      Who was that lad you used to knock around with?

    2. b.
      [intransitive] to be somewhere in a place, although you do not know exactly where

      I’ve got a knife knocking around somewhere.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to discuss ideas in an informal way
See also main entry: knock

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