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phrasal verb informal
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present tense
I/you/we/theyknock around
he/she/itknocks around
present participleknocking around
past tenseknocked around
past participleknocked around
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  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.
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