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English definition of “knock sb about/around”

knock sb about/around

informal phrasal verb with knock     /nɒk/ US  /nɑːk/ verb
to behave violently towards someone and hit them: Her husband used to knock her about.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
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