Definition of knock about (or around) in English:

knock about (or around)

phrasal verb

informal
  • 1Travel without a specific purpose.

    ‘for a couple of years she and I knocked around the Mediterranean’
    • ‘I should point out that despite several years of Spanish and some time knocking around in Germany, I'm a hopeless monoglot.’
    • ‘His years knocking around what was then known as the Far East as a freelance writer and journalist had given him an encyclopaedic knowledge of tropical conditions.’
    • ‘I've been trying to keep busy over the last few days as knocking around the house in the middle of the week, when my wife is at work and Zachery is at school is a strangely hollow experience.’
    • ‘As every day is different, I think about where I'm going and dress accordingly, but I'm at my happiest knocking about in grungy old gardening things.’
    • ‘Weiss has been knocking around L.A. for decades, to the point that he's now considered a fixture on the scene.’
    • ‘I highly recommend it if you're knocking around Cornwall and have a spare day out.’
    wander, roam, rove, range, travel, travel idly, journey, voyage, globetrot, drift, coast, meander, gad about, gallivant, jaunt, take a trip, go on a trip
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    1. 1.1 Happen to be present.
      ‘it gets confusing when there are too many people knocking about’
      • ‘Unlike some convertible models that were knocking around a decade or so ago, the one big difference drivers of the new 3 - Series should notice is its stability.’
      • ‘There are loads of interesting foreigners knocking about.’
      • ‘You've got the Trafford Centre and the Arndale Centre, of course, which are fairly well known, but then there's all sorts of smaller places knocking around.’
      • ‘Our arts editor tells me she has a few CDs knocking about that I might want to listen to - so I go and take a look.’
      • ‘Suddenly songs that had been knocking around in his head for more than a decade were finding new life.’
      • ‘There's a huge amount of real evidence knocking around that's being ignored by the media.’
      • ‘The issue has been knocking around for years, but it came to a head in 2000.’
      • ‘I conjectured on the basis of their compilation appearances that the band had been knocking about for a while, and they may very well have been, but this new single is actually their debut release.’
      • ‘Mind you, I don't have £130 or so knocking around, so it's a bit academic.’
      • ‘Although I think I've fixed everything on the front page of the site, there will inevitably be a few broken links knocking around the place.’
    2. 1.2British Spend time with someone.
      ‘she knocked around with artists’
      • ‘Des remembers fondly some of the expressions he learnt from mates he used to knock around with.’
      • ‘He's a nice lad, so are the pals he knocks around with, so I just can't imagine why anyone would do this.’
      • ‘I started knocking about with three people from the village.’
      • ‘‘When I was about 12 I started knocking around with boys from school - just kissing and touching at first,’ she said.’
      • ‘Sometimes Robert's friend, 13-year-old Heather, would knock around with them.’
      • ‘The 15-year-old cousin he knocked around with in Redfern had been kicked out of their family's home town of Walgett as a public nuisance’
      • ‘They were the type of blokes that my mother dreaded I would end up knocking about with, the type who always had run-ins with the police.’
      • ‘I'm still friends with the same crowd of people I've knocked about with since I was 17.’
      • ‘He has knocked around with Cuban revolutionaries and Chilean novelists, New York jazz musicians and San Francisco bohemians, in the global intellectual village that stretches from Lima to Mysore.’
      • ‘He spent several years working the circuit before heading out to Nashville where he knocked around with the up-and-coming country stars.’
      associate, consort, keep company, go around, mix, socialize, have dealings, have to do with, accompany, escort
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