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  • n  a sloop with a simplified rig and no bowsprit
  • s  full of rough and exuberant animal spirits
    knockabout comedy
  • s  suitable for rough use
    a knockabout overcoat
    a knockabout old car

  • Five sons of Siu-tin have carved notable, knockabout careers in movie action: Wo-ping, Cheung-yan, Chun-yeung (a.
  • 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.
  • This was more of a knockabout debate than the League of Women Voters' solemn civic lessons.
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  • 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...
    Sept. 7, 2013 - WKBT La Crosse

  • Ross Lyon in The Age
    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...
  • Ricky Gervais in Sky News
    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...
  • St George in Sydney Morning Herald
    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."

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