knock around


knock around
   habitually to beat
   By husbands of wives and parents of children:
    I gather he likes to knock her around a bit. (le Carré, 1989)

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  • knock\ around — • knock about • knock around v To travel without a plan; go where you please. After he graduated from college, Joe knocked about for a year seeing the country before he went to work in his father s business. Compare: kick around …   Словарь американских идиом

  • knock around — transitive verb see knock about * * * knock around (or about) informal travel without a specific purpose for a couple of years she and I knocked around the Mediterranean ■ happen to be present it gets confusing when there are too many people… …   Useful english dictionary

  • knock around — phrasal verb knock around or knock about Word forms knock around : present tense I/you/we/they knock around he/she/it knocks around present participle knocking around past tense knocked around past participle knocked around informal 1) British… …   English dictionary

  • knock around — (in BRIT, also use knock about) 1) PHRASAL VERB If someone knocks you around or knocks you about, they hit or kick you several times. [mainly BRIT, INFORMAL] [V n P] He lied to me constantly and started knocking me around. 2) PHRASAL VERB If… …   English dictionary

  • knock around — verb a) to spend time with someone as a friend I used to knock around with John when we were younger. b) To do a relaxing activity. I like to knock around the garden on Saturdays. Syn: hang, hang about …   Wiktionary

  • knock around — 1. in. to waste time. □ Stop knocking around and get to work! □ I need a couple of days a week just for knocking around. 2. AND kick around in. to wander around; to bum around. □ I think I’ll knock around a few months before looking for another… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • knock around — ► knock about (or around) informal 1) travel or spend time without a specific purpose. 2) happen to be present. Main Entry: ↑knock …   English terms dictionary

  • knock around — Synonyms and related words: air, analyze, bat around, bum, canvass, comment upon, consider, controvert, count ties, deal with, debate, deliberate, deliberate upon, discourse about, discuss, divagate, drift, examine, exchange views, flit, gad, gad …   Moby Thesaurus

  • knock around — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To be rough or brutal with: manhandle, rough (up), slap around. Slang: mess up. See ATTACK, STRIKE. 2. To injure or damage, as by abuse or heavy wear: batter, mangle1, maul, rough up. See ATTACK, HELP, STRIKE. 3.… …   English dictionary for students

  • knock around —  Wander. Travel …   A concise dictionary of English slang


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