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Knock about

Posted by Bookworm on May 28, 2003

In Reply to: Knock about posted by Tamio on May 28, 2003

: Any help will be appreciated!

: "You are nine-and-twenty," she observed, "and you've done nothing but--"

: "Knock about? It is true. Our family doesn't need to do things."

: Thanks in advance

She is saying that this person has not really applied himself (or herself) to any serious job or vocation, and has gone through life with no real personal or professional aim in mind. The response suggests that he (or she) may not be the only one in the family with this outlook on life.