Synonyms of knock someone/something about/around in English:

knock someone/something about/around

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1‘her husband was a brute who used to knock her about’


beat up, beat, batter, strike, hit, punch, thump, thrash, smack, slap, cuff, buffet, pummel, belabour

maltreat, mistreat, abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, treat roughly, assault, attack, maul, manhandle

injure, damage, cause injury to, hurt, harm, wound, bruise

North American beat up on

informal rough up, do over, lay into, lace into, give someone a hiding, clobber, clout, bash, belt, whack, wallop, sock, plug, deck

archaic smite