knuckle-duster

  • 1 knuckle duster — Knuckle Knuc kle, n. [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. kn[ o]chel, Sw. knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.] 1. The joint of a finger, particularly when made prominent by the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 knuckle-duster — knuckle dusters also knuckleduster N COUNT A knuckle duster is a piece of metal that is designed to be worn on the back of a person s hand as a weapon, so that if they hit someone they will hurt them badly. [mainly BRIT] (in AM, use brass… …

    English dictionary

  • 3 knuckle-duster — knuckle .duster n a piece of metal that covers all the knuckles of the hand, used as a weapon …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 4 knuckle-duster — ☆ knuckle duster [nuk′ ldus΄tər ] n. BRASS KNUCKLES …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 knuckle duster — knuckles knuc kles n. pl. a small metal weapon, worn over the knuckles on the back of the hand; called also {brass knuckles} and {knuckle duster}. Syn: brass knucks, knucks, brass knuckles, knuckle duster. [WordNet 1.5] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 knuckle-duster — noun Date: 1858 knuckle 4 …

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  • 7 knuckle-duster — /nuk euhl dus teuhr/, n. See brass knuckles. [1855 60, Amer.] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 8 knuckle duster — noun A weapon made of metal worn around the knuckles that strengthens the impact of a punch; brass knuckles. Syn: brass knuckles …

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  • 9 knuckle duster — brass knuckles, type of metallic weapons worn on the hand to cause injury when punching …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 10 knuckle-duster — noun (C) a metal covering for the backs of the fingers, used as a weapon …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 knuckle-duster — knuck·le dust·er …

    English syllables

  • 12 knuckle-duster — knuck′le dust er n. brass knuckles • Etymology: 1855–60, amer …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 knuckle duster — noun a small metal weapon; worn over the knuckles on the back of the hand (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑brass knucks, ↑knucks, ↑brass knuckles, ↑knuckles • Usage Domain: ↑plural, ↑plural form …

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  • 14 knuckle-duster — tə(r) noun ( s) 1. : brass knuckles 2. : one that specializes in or is given to attacking with the fists; specifically : one that uses brass knuckles …

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  • 15 knuckle — (n.) mid 14c., knokel finger joint; any joint of the body, especially a knobby one; morbid lump or swelling; common Germanic (Cf. M.L.G. knökel, M.Du. cnockel, Ger. knöchel), lit. little bone, a dim. of P.Gmc. root *knuck bone (Cf. Ger. Knochen… …

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  • 16 Knuckle — Knuc kle, n. [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. kn[ o]chel, Sw. knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.] 1. The joint of a finger, particularly when made prominent by the closing… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 17 Knuckle joint — Knuckle Knuc kle, n. [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. kn[ o]chel, Sw. knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.] 1. The joint of a finger, particularly when made prominent by the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 18 Knuckle of veal — Knuckle Knuc kle, n. [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. kn[ o]chel, Sw. knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.] 1. The joint of a finger, particularly when made prominent by the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 19 knuckle — n. 1) to rap smb. on, over the knuckles 2) to crack one s knuckles 3) brass knuckles (AE; BE has knuckle duster) * * * [ nʌk(ə)l] over the knuckles to crack one s knuckles to rap smb. on brass knuckles (AE; BE has knuckle duster) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 20 knuckle-dust — ˈnəkəlˌdəst transitive verb Etymology: back formation from knuckle duster : the strike with the fist; specifically : to strike with brass knuckles …

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