To knuckle to
Knuckle Knuc"kle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Knuckled};; p. pr. & vb. n. {Knuckling}.] To yield; to submit; -- used with down, to, or under. [1913 Webster]

{To knuckle to}. (a) To submit to in a contest; to yield to. [Colloq.] See {To knock under}, under {Knock}, v. i. (b) To apply one's self vigorously or earnestly to; as, to knuckle to work. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


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  • Knuckle — Knuc kle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Knuckled};; p. pr. & vb. n. {Knuckling}.] To yield; to submit; used with down, to, or under. [1913 Webster] {To knuckle to}. (a) To submit to in a contest; to yield to. [Colloq.] See {To knock under}, under {Knock} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • knuckle down (to something) — ˌknuckle ˈdown (to sth) derived (informal) to begin to work hard at sth Syn: get down to • I m going to have to knuckle down to some serious study. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • knuckle down — to work hard. You re going to have to knuckle down to improve your grades if you want to get into a good college. Volunteers really knuckled down and cleaned up the town after the storm …   New idioms dictionary

  • knuckle — /ˈnʌkəl / (say nukuhl) noun 1. a joint of a finger, especially one of the joints at the roots of the fingers. 2. the rounded prominence of such a joint when the finger is bent. 3. a joint of meat, consisting of the parts about the carpal or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • knuckle under — v. (D; intr.) ( to submit ) to knuckle under to (to knuckle under to an aggressor) * * * (D; intr.) ( to submit ) to knuckle under to (to knuckle under to an aggressor) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • knuckle — n 1. finger joint, knucklebone; joint, articulation, geniculation; angle, bend, crook, hook. 2. joint of meat, cut of meat. v 3. knuckle down Informal. apply oneself, exert oneself, lay oneself out, put oneself out; buckle down, get down to, put… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • knuckle down — verb To get to work; to focus on a task. You should knuckle down and do your homework! …   Wiktionary

  • Knuckle sandwich — may refer to: *Knuckle sandwich, a slang term for a punch * Knuckle Sandwich, a song by Danger Mouse and Jemini from their 2003 album Ghetto Pop Life …   Wikipedia

  • knuckle under — knuc kle un der, v. i. To yield; to submit; usually used with to. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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