Origin of knockabout
How to use knockabout in a sentence
We have tastes in common; for instance, we do not like knock-about brothers at a music-hall—they bore us.Castellinaria|Henry Festing Jones
Certainly Edward Pierson shrank from the rough touches of a knock-about philosophy.Saint's Progress|John Galsworthy
He has collected his knock-about money, his shearing, and his harvest money about the end of January.The Crooked Stick|Rolf Boldrewood
There's a knock-about pantomime outfit at the Canterbury—Martinetti I think the name is—that's damned good.The Market-Place|Harold Frederic
Jones brought me home on that neat little knock-about spad he's just bought.
British Dictionary definitions for knockabout
Other 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.