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CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH THESE WORDS FROM "LITTLE WOMEN"

"Little Women" may be a classic, but that doesn't mean we all know the meanings of the vocab words from the book. Can you define these words correctly and make Jo proud?
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Idioms for knock

Origin of knock

before 1000; 1890–95 for def 4; Middle English knokken, knoken (v.), Old English cnocian, cnucian; cognate with Old Norse knoka to thump, knock

OTHER WORDS FROM knock

knock·less, adjectivere·knock, verbun·knocked, adjectiveun·knock·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for knock about (1 of 2)

knock about

knock around


verb

noun knockabout

a sailing vessel, usually sloop-rigged, without a bowsprit and with a single jib

adjective knockabout

rough; boisterousknockabout farce

British Dictionary definitions for knock about (2 of 2)

knock
/ (nɒk) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for knock

Old English cnocian, of imitative origin; related to Old Norse knoka to hit
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Idioms and Phrases with knock about (1 of 2)

knock about

Also, knock around.

1

Be rough or brutal with, maltreat, as in He was known to knock his wife about on a regular basis. [c. 1800]

2

Wander from place to place, as in They were knocking around Europe all summer. [Colloquial; c. 1830]

3

Discuss or consider, as in They met to knock about some new ideas. [Mid-1900s] Also see kick around.

Idioms and Phrases with knock about (2 of 2)

knock

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