Definition of knock about or around in English:

knock about (or around)

informal
1Travel without a specific purpose: for a couple of years she and I knocked around the Mediterranean
More example sentences
  • I've been trying to keep busy over the last few days as knocking around the house in the middle of the week, when my wife is at work and Zachery is at school is a strangely hollow experience.
  • His years knocking around what was then known as the Far East as a freelance writer and journalist had given him an encyclopaedic knowledge of tropical conditions.
  • I should point out that despite several years of Spanish and some time knocking around in Germany, I'm a hopeless monoglot.
Synonyms
wander, roam, rove, range, travel, travel idly, journey, voyage, globetrot, drift, coast, meander, gad about, gallivant, jaunt, take a trip, go on a trip; ramble, stroll, saunter, maunder, amble, traipse, dawdle, potter; traverse, travel round, roam around, range over
1.1Happen to be present: it gets confusing when there are too many people knocking about
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  • There's a huge amount of real evidence knocking around that's being ignored by the media.
  • Suddenly songs that had been knocking around in his head for more than a decade were finding new life.
  • I conjectured on the basis of their compilation appearances that the band had been knocking about for a while, and they may very well have been, but this new single is actually their debut release.
1.2chiefly British Spend time with someone: she knocked around with artists
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  • He spent several years working the circuit before heading out to Nashville where he knocked around with the up-and-coming country stars.
  • He has knocked around with Cuban revolutionaries and Chilean novelists, New York jazz musicians and San Francisco bohemians, in the global intellectual village that stretches from Lima to Mysore.
  • The 15-year-old cousin he knocked around with in Redfern had been kicked out of their family's home town of Walgett as a public nuisance
Synonyms
associate, consort, keep company, go around, mix, socialize, have dealings, have to do with, accompany, escort; be friends, be friendly
informal hobnob, hang out, run around, be thick with, chum around, pal around, pal up
See parent entry: knock

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