knock about

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v knock about strike against forcefully "Winds buffeted the tent"
    • v knock about be around; be alive or active "Does the old man still kick around?"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The game of squash originated in the United Kingdom. It came about after a few boys, who were waiting for their turn to play racquets, knocked a ball around in a confined area adjoining the racquets court
    • Knock about (slang) to saunter, loaf about
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cnucian, cnocian; imit. like knack; cf. Gael. cnac, cnag, &c.

Usage

In literature:

I only want to open your chest by knocking you about a little in the painting-room before we begin to draw.
"Hide and Seek" by Wilkie Collins
The batters went on knocking the balls about, and scored thirteen more before the young lady's eyes.
"A Terrible Temptation" by Charles Reade
That evening David knocked at the door below about half-past eight.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
I've been knocking about Europe long enough to learn all sorts of horrid arts.
"Louisa Pallant" by Henry James
They knock the convent walls about.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
On this particular afternoon he was about to close the window and try to work at his sermon when some one knocked at his door.
"The Cathedral" by Sir Hugh Walpole
Going down to the study, he was about to knock; but the voice continued in varying tones, now loud, now low.
"The Christian A Story" by Hall Caine
We were soon old acquaintances; there were no corners about you for me to knock against, no needles or pins to prick.
"Plays: Comrades; Facing Death; Pariah; Easter" by August Strindberg
He's looking for me, and he promised he'd knock my head off if he caught me hanging about.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
They have both of them been knocked about a bit.
"With Moore at Corunna" by G. A. Henty
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In poetry:

Let Plutus have his rout,
Where you're squeezed and knocked about,
And enjoy yourself immensely—in a horn; Let the youthful and the gay Enjoy the bal masque;
Give me a quiet Cruiskeen Lan.
"Cruiskeen Lan" by Albert Pike
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
Foo's furniture is scattered any'ow,
Artisic like, in bits about the floor.
An' 'arf a dozen blokes, drawn by the row,
Nosey but nervis, 'overs near the door.
I ain't no pitcher orf no chocklit box.
I've took some knocks.
"'Ave a 'eart!" by C J Dennis
"'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
Knocking around with a vagabond crew,
Does for himself what a mother would do;
Maybe in trouble and maybe hard-up,
Maybe in want of a bite or a sup;
Dead of the fever, or lost in the drought,
Lonely old mother! he’s knocking about.
"'Knocking Around'" by Henry Lawson
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:

Two individuals knocked on the door about 5 minutes after I got home tonight.
The fire was knocked down at 9:15 pm, about 30 minutes after the call came in.
Two drink coolers were knocked over when a hit-and-run car slammed into Penn's Grocery Market in York City about 4 am Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012.
Here's what I have learned from HBO's ' Hard Knocks ' about fantasy football.
It's not sure how much Chad Johnson can contribute on the field for the Dolphins, but he's definitely a big contributor on HBO's " Hard Knocks " show about the team.
Here is my only knock on " Hard Knocks " this week: There was zero information about injuries.
(AP) – Ryan Tannehill had forgotten about Hard Knocks when he reported to the Miami Dolphins training facility late Saturday night to sign his rookie contract.
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.
It was a gift directly from the man who was winning to the man who thought he was about to get knocked out .
The fire was knocked down at about 1:15 p.m. One person was treated for smoke inhalation.
About 355,000 customers are without power in Michigan after winds gusting above 50 mph hit the state, knocking down tree limbs and power lines.
About 750 customers and several traffic lights in Rockville had their power knocked out Tuesday morning, fire and Pepco officials say.
The human brain is a tender mess of wiring, and if it's knocked about just right, who knows what kind of damage might be done.
He knocked on his neighbor 's door in the northeast residential neighborhood about 2 am Monday saying he'd been shot in the stomach, Sparks police 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.
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In science:

In the Ref. experiments the energy of the knocked-out nucleon is only about 100 MeV.
Many-particle nucleon-nucleon forces from nuclear single-particle states
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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