I'd just like to knock around, and have a dog, and—a jolly good time, you know.
You must knock around a whole bunch, and have lots happen to you.
Got no wife, an kind o like to feel free to knock around instead o bein tied to one place.
Do you suppose we'd let a young girl like you knock around alone in a city?
We intended to knock around in the brush a little while, and then resume our trip.
He would stay out and knock around as a man who was independent—not broke—well might.
In the morning, I feel sort of weak, and want to knock around doing woman's chores.
For a week or two I mean to just knock around here, sometimes ashore and again afloat.
Henry was left an orphan at an early age, compelled to knock around and pick up a living as best he could.
A pair of youngsters can knock around happily without worrying about uncertainties.
Old English cnocian (West Saxon cnucian), "to pound, beat; knock (on a door)," likely of imitative origin. Meaning "deprecate, put down" is from 1892. Related: Knocked; knocking. Knock-kneed first attested 1774. Knock-down, drag-out is from 1827. Command knock it off "stop it" is first recorded 1880, perhaps from auctioneer's term for "dispose of quickly:"
At the commencement of the sales, he gave every one that wanted to purchase a paper containing a description of the lands that were to be sold; and, as the sales were cried, he called over the numbers and described the land; and when it got up to one dollar and a quarter an acre, if no body bid, after it was cried two or three times, he would say, knock it off, knock it off. [U.S. Senate record, 1834]
mid-14c., from knock (v.). As an engine noise, from 1899.
To idle about; loaf; kick around (1834+)
: It wasn't a disinterested comment—it was a knock/ The knock on Fernandez is he can't field