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  1. (n) a sloop with a simplified rig and no bowsprit
  2. (adj) full of rough and exuberant animal spirits
  3. (adj) suitable for rough use


  1. At six months, he took a fall down a flight of steps and, as legend has it, earned his knockabout nickname from Harry Houdini, who at the time was performing with the Keatons.
  2. This was more of a knockabout debate than the League of Women Voters' solemn civic lessons.
  3. Blogging is a knockabout sport, and as a writer I'm fair game.


  • Tony Abbott: Australia's pugnacious new PM

    The pugnacious style of Tony Abbott, the winner of Australia's election, has played well with the electorate. He may have run a gaffe-prone campaign against the bookish Kevin Rudd, the incumbent Labor prime minister, but his knockabout style, which h...
    on September 7, 2013     Source: WKBT La Crosse


  1. "We've all been around the traps for a while and I think Dean Wallis is a good knockabout bloke and a good footballer," Saints coach Ross Lyon said after the match. "He coached at St Kilda so you tend to forge some friendships and some are...
    on Apr 18, 2010 By: Ross Lyon Source: The Age

  2. "People have been constantly surprised," said Gervais. "A lot of people say you've made a real film. I think what they mean is they were expecting a knockabout comedy with a couple of blokes off sitcom-land. This is more our Saturday Night...
    on Apr 12, 2010 By: Ricky Gervais Source: Sky News

  3. "He was knockabout bloke and a legendary card player," recalled St George and Kangaroo teammate Rod Reddy. "Socially, he liked a great time and in his early years I suppose he played hard off the field and on the field also."
    on Jan 3, 2006 By: St George Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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