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English definition of “knock about/around (sth)”

knock about/around (sth)

informal phrasal verb with knock     /nɒk/ US  /nɑːk/ verb
to be in a place that is not exactly known or in various places especially over a long period of time : I'm sure I've got a copy of 'Time's Arrow ' knocking about somewhere . He spent years knocking around the Far East before the First World War .PresentAvailable and accessibleUnavailable and inaccessible
(Definition of knock about/around (sth) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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