[ UK /nˈɒkɐbˌa‍ʊt/ ]
  1. a sloop with a simplified rig and no bowsprit
  1. full of rough and exuberant animal spirits
    knockabout comedy
    boisterous practical jokes
  2. suitable for rough use
    a knockabout overcoat
    a knockabout old car
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How To Use knockabout In A Sentence

  • a knockabout old car
  • The shape is sophisticated, but still quite knockabout, and the divinely soft calfskin creases in a pleasing way.
  • These ranged from the traditional knockabout with a conker on a string, to a conkernut shy, a play on the coconut version, and wingseed throwing.
  • Don’t believe you’d care for the kind of knockabout jobs I’ll have to get.” Our Mr. Wrenn
  • Behind the day's knockabout lay serious politicking over both policy and personalities.
  • In one respect this is all good knockabout stuff. Times, Sunday Times
  • It is good knockabout stuff, underpinned by necessary news values and bearing the unmistakable stamp of McKenzie, who seems to have found a métier again after a rather desultory time at Sky.
  • This knockabout stuff seems to gee up the team for today's show.
  • Even the squatter has a great deal of trouble to get hold of a good man as a shepherd or knockabout hand.
  • Remember that we're not talking the stuff of PMQs knockabout on whether to spend a bit more and cut deficits a bit less. Times, Sunday Times
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