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1. (intr, adverb) to wander about aimlessly
2. (intr, preposition) to travel about, esp as resulting in varied or exotic experience: he's knocked about the world a bit.
3. (foll by: with) to associate: to knock about with a gang.
4. (tr, adverb) to treat brutally: he knocks his wife about.
5. (tr, adverb) to consider or discuss informally: to knock an idea about.
(Nautical Terms) a sailing vessel, usually sloop-rigged, without a bowsprit and with a single jib
rough; boisterous: knockabout farce.
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|Verb||1.||knock about - strike against forcefully; "Winds buffeted the tent"|
strike - deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon; "The teacher struck the child"; "the opponent refused to strike"; "The boxer struck the attacker dead"
|2.||knock about - be around; be alive or active; "Does the old man still kick around?"|
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1. To deliver a powerful blow to suddenly and sharply:
bash, catch, clout, hit, pop, slam, slog, slug, smash, smite, sock, strike, swat, thwack, whack, wham, whop.
Idioms: let someone have it, sock it to someone.
knock about or around
1. To cause to fall, as from a shot or blow:
bring down, cut down, down, drop, fell, flatten, floor, ground, level, prostrate, strike down, throw.
Idiom: lay low.
1. Informal. To take away (a quantity) from another quantity:
2. Slang. To take the life of (a person or persons) unlawfully:
Informal: put away.
1. To render powerless or motionless, as by inflicting severe injury:
Idiom: put out of action.
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