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Origin of knockabout
Example sentences from the Web for knockabout
If the oft-talked-about college “hook-up culture” could be embodied by a place, it would be Shooters.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This courageous act earned him a late-night knock on the door with orders for Serna to vamos from Cuba.
In the back of my mind I was wondering how much time we had before there might be an ominous knock at the door.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was writing Lorrie Moore knock-off short stories before I switched to nonfiction.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life|David Yaffe|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, we had the 13 dwarves to deal with, but at least in this movie we get to knock a couple off, which is a relief.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth|Alex Suskind|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If the Turks get hold of a lot of fresh men and throw them upon us during the night,—perhaps they may knock us off into the sea.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
There was no response to the knock, and Davy cautiously pushed open the door and went in.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Captain Lovelock got up as well; Bernard heard him knock over his little gilded chair.Confidence|Henry James
“I think it is a knock at the door,” said Mr. Pickwick, as if there could be the smallest doubt of the fact!The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
But a knock at the door interrupted them; the discreet Capt entered, bearing a telegram upon a salver.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
British Dictionary definitions for knockabout
Idioms and Phrases with knockabout
Also, knock around.
Be rough or brutal with, maltreat, as in He was known to knock his wife about on a regular basis. [c. 1800]
Wander from place to place, as in They were knocking around Europe all summer. [Colloquial; c. 1830]
Discuss or consider, as in They met to knock about some new ideas. [Mid-1900s] Also see kick around.