knock about

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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to travel around) (United Kingdom)
a. viajar por
After he graduated, Victor decided to spend a year knocking about Asia.Después de graduarse, Victor decidió pasar un año viajando por Asia.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to discuss) (United Kingdom)
a. dar vueltas a
After knocking some ideas about, the lads decided to call their punk band "Pool of Sick."Después de dar vueltas a unas ideas, los chicos decidieron llamar su banda de punk "Pool of Sick".
b. discutir
We'd like to knock about a few different slogans for the product.Queríamos discutir unas cuantas lemas diferentes para el producto.
3. (to use roughly) (United Kingdom)
a. tratar a golpes
Don't let Curtis touch my remote control car. He's always knocking it about.No dejes que Curtis toque mi carro a control remoto. Siempre lo está tratando a golpes.
b. maltratar
If you didn't knock your motorbike about so much, it wouldn't have so many dents in it.Si no maltrataras tanto tu moto, no tendría tantas abolladuras.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to abuse) (United Kingdom)
a. maltratar
If I find out you've been knocking my aunt about, you're a dead man.Si yo me entero de que estás maltratando a mi tía, estás muerto.
b. pegar
Only a monster would knock a child about.Solo un monstruo pegaría a un niño.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to move around) (United Kingdom)
a. rodar por
This hat has been knocking about my flat, and I haven't a clue whose it is.Este gorro ha estado rondando por mi apartamento, y no tengo ni idea a quien pertenece.
b. andar por
Have you seen my book? - I think I saw it knocking about the house somewhere.¿Has visto mi libro? - Creo que lo vi andando por la casa en alguna parte.
6. (to play with) (United Kingdom)
a. jugar con
Shall we go out to the garden and knock the ball about?¿Salimos al jardín para jugar con la pelota?
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to spend time with; used with "with" or "together") (United Kingdom)
a. ir con
Every time you knock about with those hooligans, you come home absolutely trousered.Cada vez que vas con esos patanes, vuelves a casa completamente borracho.
b. salir con
I'd rather be knocking about with my friends than at home doing chores.Preferiría salir con mis amigos a estar en casa haciendo tareas.
c. pasar el rato juntos (plural)
Abby and Katherine knock about together every day after class.Abby y Katherine pasan el rato juntas todos los días después de las clases.
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knock about
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (person)
a. maltratar, pegar
the furniture has been badly knocked about or aroundlos muebles están muy maltratados
2. (colloquial)
a. dar vueltas a (idea, suggestion)
3. (colloquial)
a.
she's been knocking about or around Glasgow for yearsse ha movido por Glasgow durante años
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
4. (colloquial)
a.
to k about or around with somebodyir or andar con alguien
they knocked about or around together at schoolen la escuela iban juntos
has anyone seen my keys knocking about or around?¿ha visto alguien mis llaves por ahí?
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knock about
knock around
transitive verb
1 [+person] pegar; maltratar; [+object] golpear; maltratar
the place was badly knocked about el lugar sufrió grandes estragos; the car was rather knocked about el coche estaba en bastante mal estado
2 (discuss)
to knock an idea around dar vueltas a una idea
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
he's knocked about (the world) a bit ha visto mucho mundo; he's knocking about somewhere anda por algún lado; she knocks around with a bad crowd anda con malas compañías
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