Definition of knock around in English:

knock around

(British knock about)

phrasal verb

  • 1informal Travel without a specific purpose.

    • ‘for a couple of years she and I knocked around the Mediterranean’
    wander, roam, rove, range, travel, travel idly, journey, voyage, globetrot, drift, coast, meander, gad about, gallivant, jaunt, take a trip, go on a trip
    1. 1.1Happen to be present.
      • ‘it gets confusing when there are too many people knocking around’
    2. 1.2British Spend time with someone.
      • ‘she knocked around with artists’
      associate, consort, keep company, go around, mix, socialize, have dealings, have to do with, accompany, escort
  • 2knock someone or something around, knock around someone or somethinginformal Injure or damage someone or something by rough treatment.

    • ‘the first couple of rounds of treatment knocked me around a bit’
    beat up, beat, batter, strike, hit, punch, thump, thrash, smack, slap, cuff, buffet, pummel, belabour