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    Hi

    They were sitting in a small room knocking about/around her offer.

    --- Is it a good sentence?

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    Default Re: knock about

    Not to me. I can only guess at its meaning.
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    Default Re: knock about

    Doesn't the phrase "knock around/about" mean "to discuss something"? Knock around an idea.

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    Default Re: knock about

    Not to me, it doesn't.

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    Default Re: knock about

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Doesn't the phrase "knock around/about" mean "to discuss something"? Knock around an idea.
    I see that some dictionaries do give this meaning, but it's new to me. I have heard 'toss ideas about', but 'knock an offer about' does not work for me.
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    Default Re: knock about

    I've heard it.

    She came up with what sounded like a good idea. We knocked it around for a while but in the end, we dismissed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I've heard it.

    She came up with what sounded like a good idea. We knocked it around for a while but in the end, we dismissed it.
    Hi

    Do you also think that the word "offer" from my original sentence wouldn't work in this case?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Do you also think that the word "offer" from my original sentence wouldn't work in this case?
    I can think of several contexts where it would work fine.

    If we were selling our house at an asking price of 200,000, and someone offered 180,000, we would probably knock the offer around for a while before deciding whether to accept it. In that case, we would discuss it and think about it.

    If I applied for a couple of jobs and, after interview, I was offered both of them I would probably have to knock both offers around in order to work out which one I wanted more. "I have two job offers! They both sound great but I'm going to knock them around for a while before making my decision." In that case, I would probably think about them, write down the pros and cons and perhaps discuss them with my friends and family.

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    Default Re: knock about

    [not a teacher]

    In AmE, I'm not sure I've heard "knock around/about" but the meaning is clear in context. (In fact, it just "sounds" like BrE ) I would have used "kick around" (not "kick about). (M-W e.g.: <the board spent the afternoon kicking around the feasibility of opening an overseas office>)

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    Default Re: knock about

    I've heard of ideas being "batted around", particularly in a meeting.

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