One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Injure or damage by rough treatment.
beat up, beat, batter, strike, hit, punch, thump, thrash, smack, slap, cuff, buffet, pummel, belabourView synonyms
- ‘It's good to see that getting knocked around last Fall helped get his priorities straight.’
- ‘Violent men, who I'm told quite often want sex after they've knocked their wives about, no doubt also classify as frigid the women who don't regard a black eye as acceptable foreplay.’
- ‘People get stirred up and aggressive and go home and knock their family about.’
- ‘Being here made me realize what I was missing by being rough with you and knocking you around and flirting with other girls.’
- ‘AIt wasn't any secret by the end of the relationship that he had been knocking her about though nobody thought he would ever hurt the kids.’
- ‘‘They chased after me and started knocking me about,’ she said.’
- ‘Your father was knocked about by the Depression, as nearly every man was, I suppose.’
- ‘By the time you reach your 30's, you've been knocked around a bit, but you've made some mistakes and learned a little more about yourself.’
- ‘Turbulence was knocking around our noisy little twin-prop plane like a beach ball in a hurricane.’
- ‘A week in Adelaide with her had knocked Mum around fairly badly on an emotional level.’
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