regional note: in BRIT, also use knock about
1. phrasal verb
[mainly British , informal]
If someone knocks
, they hit
you several times.
He lied to me constantly and started knocking me around.
2. phrasal verb
...reporters who knock around in troubled parts of the world.
They knock around on weekends in grubby sweaters and pants.
I know nothing about him except that he knocked about South Africa for a while.
3. phrasal verb
If someone or something is knocking around
or knocking about
, they are present
in a particular
There were a couple of decent kits knocking around, but this wasn't one of them!
His paintings look as if they have been knocking around for centuries.
4. phrasal verb knock
If you knock around
or knock about with
someone, you spend your spare
time with them, either because you are one of their friends
or because you are their boyfriend
I used to knock about with all the lads from round where Mum lives.
They were knocking around together for about a year.
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