His life was a tragedy written in the terms of knockabout farce.
"The Moon and Sixpence" by W. Somerset Maugham
We'd had a couple of knockabouts to help with the cooking and stockyard work.
"Robbery Under Arms" by Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
This horse must have been raised, I think, in the knockabout song-and-dance business.
"Cobb's Anatomy" by Irvin S. Cobb
Having settled myself, or my property rather, I put on my knockabout clothes and went out for a walk.
"The People of the Abyss" by Jack London
I laugh at the knockabout brothers, I confess, so long as they are on the stage; but they do not convince me.
"The Angel and the Author - and Others" by Jerome K. Jerome
The above are well known on the South Coast as sound, wholesome knockabout boats, with ample cruising accommodation.
"Actions and Reactions" by Rudyard Kipling
He's just an ordinary knockabout like you and me.
"Dubliners" by James Joyce
He wore a long frock coat instead of the usual knockabout suit he affected on the farm.
"A Little Book for Christmas" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
At first the set was content with giving a sort of low comedian, knockabout performance.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
Twice a week, rain or shine, she was crew of the young gentleman's knockabout.
"We Three" by Gouverneur Morris