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knockabout

[ nok-uh-bout ]
/ ˈnɒk əˌbaʊt /
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noun

adjective

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Origin of knockabout

First recorded in 1875–80; noun, adj. use of verb phrase knock about
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British Dictionary definitions for knockabout

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
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Idioms and Phrases with knockabout

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.

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