To knock about

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To knock about to go about, taking knocks or rough usage; to wander about; to saunter.
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Usage

In literature:

If Miller goes to Lima, it's a proof there are hard knocks about.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
He had observed me, however, and joined me just as I was about to knock at the door.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Borrow
Next morning I was picked up by a ship bound out to the West Indies, and I've been knocking about in those seas ever since.
"The Two Shipmates" by William H. G. Kingston
I said nothing about it, but I was going to knock a man down, tie him and horse-whip him.
"Old Ebenezer" by Opie Read
You must fire it for me in about ten minutes or so, when the warriors seem to be getting knocked up.
"The Fugitives" by R.M. Ballantyne
He had observed me, however, and joined me just as I was about to knock at the door.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
I'm not going to lie still and let you be caught and knocked about perhaps.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
During the day the ship was dreadfully knocked about, though running at half steam so as not to damage her engines.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
I don't want a boy to kick and knock about and jump on, sir.
"Through Forest and Stream" by George Manville Fenn
This is a pleasant country to live in, much better than knocking about at sea.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

We sailed from Philadelphia, New York an' Montreal,
Dischargin' general cargo at our various ports o' call;
We knocked about a year or so 'tween Callao an' Nome,
An' then to Portland, Oregon, to load with deals for 'ome.
"The Ballad Of The Eastern Crown" by Cicely Fox Smith
"'Ere! 'Ave a 'eart!" 'e sez. "Why, love a duck!
A 'uman bein' ain't a choppin' block!
There ain't no call fer you to go an' chuck
A man about when 'e 'as took the knock.
Gaw! Do yeh want to bust 'im all apart!
'Ere! 'Ave a 'eart!
"'Ave a 'eart!" by C J Dennis
"You can talk about yer sheep dorgs," said the man from Allan's Creek,
"But I know a dorg that simply knocked 'em bandy! -
Do whatever you would show him, and you'd hardly need to speak;
Owned by Daley, drover cove in Jackandandy.
"Daley's Dorg Wattle" by W T Goodge
Oh, we started down from Roto when the sheds had all cut out.
We'd whips and whips of Rhino as we meant to push about,
So we humped our blues serenely and made for Sydney town,
With a three-spot cheque between us, as wanted knocking down.
"On the road to Gundagai" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Not to knock films as fantastic as Rachel Getting Married, The Silence of the Lambs and Something Wild, but there's something wilder — or at least more directly stimulating and pure — about director Jonathan Demme's live-performance docs.
Despite their gentle disapproval , I sensed that if Palin were to knock on just about any door in Pella, she'd probably be invited in for lemonade.
Dublin City School District Superintendent David Axner (left) has been knocking on doors to talk to residents about Issue 48.
At about 2 am Thursday, a 20-year-old man was knocked unconscious after yelling at a passing car alleged to be driving recklessly.
Not sure what they are saying but somthing about a magic trick or knocking his lil brother out and left to be blamed for the.
Farmers who say they have enough to worry about with drought and crop diseases don't want to also be left wondering whether federal drug agents will come knocking.
Activists with Mainers United for Marriage have spent two years knocking on doors across the state to talk in depth about same-sex marriage.
It was a gift directly from the man who was winning to the man who thought he was about to get knocked out .
Storm knocked out electricity to about 29,000 customers at its peak (updated).
A storm late this afternoon knocked out electricity to about 29,000 Alabama Power Company customers statewide, many of them in the Birmingham area, a power company spokesman said.
COMMERCE, Calif.—An electrical line fell onto a busy Southern California freeway Monday morning, closing all lanes for more than an hour and jamming traffic for miles while knocking out power to about 1,600 customers, authorities said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Cell towers knocked out by Superstorm Sandy were slowly coming back to life Wednesday, federal regulators said, but about 1 in 5 were still out of service in a storm-hit area stretching from Virginia to Massachusetts.
Gary Barner doesn't want to talk about the hit that knocked out his son, Kenjon, and who could blame him.
Powerful storms blew through Central Florida early Friday, spawning tornadoes that killed at least 19 people, damaged hundreds of homes, snarled traffic on Interstate 4 and knocked out power to about 40,000 households and businesses.
When News Channel Three's Kelly May went knocking to let the tenants talk about the problems and the swastikas , she received no answer.
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In science:

To get rid of this ambiguity the additional quasielastic knockout (p, p′N ) or (e, e′N ) experiments are desired in which the energy of the knocked-out nucleon would be about 1 GeV.
Many-particle nucleon-nucleon forces from nuclear single-particle states
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