Definition of Knuckle under

1. Verb. Consent reluctantly.

Exact synonyms: Buckle Under, Give In, Succumb, Yield
Generic synonyms: Accept, Consent, Go For
Specialized synonyms: Accede, Bow, Defer, Give In, Submit
Derivative terms: Yielding



Definition of Knuckle under

1. Verb. (intransitive idiomatic) To yield or cooperate when pressured or forced to do so. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Knuckle Under

knuckle
knuckle-dragger
knuckle-dragging
knuckle-duster
knuckle-dusters
knuckle-walking
knuckle down
knuckle dragger
knuckle draggers
knuckle duster
knuckle dusters
knuckle joint
knuckle pads
knuckle sandwich
knuckle sign
knuckle under (current term)
knuckleball
knuckleballed
knuckleballer
knuckleballers
knuckleballing
knucklebone
knucklebones
knucklecurve
knucklecurves
knuckled
knuckled down
knuckledragger
knuckledraggers

Literary usage of Knuckle under

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1. Publications by English Dialect Society (1875)
"KNUCKLE-UNDER, v. to humiliate oneself; to take the second place. COLL. Us*. If hoo once gets thee to knuckle-under tha's done for. 1881. ..."

2. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"was formerly the knee, hence to knuckle under meant simply to kneel in submission. From a modem misapprehension of the expression to knuckle under arose the ..."

3. The Dialect of Leeds and Its Neighbourhood: Illustrated by Conversations and by C. Clough Robinson (1862)
"He shows a stiff front now bud he'll ha' to knuckle under,"—to give in to what will ... He's bed to knuckle under sin' hes t' poor fellah! " KOL. To curl. ..."

4. A Glossary of the Lancashire Dialect by John Howard Nodal, George Milner (1875)
"KNUCKLE-UNDER, v. to humiliate oneself; to take the second place. COLL. USE. If hoo once gets thee to knuckle-under tha's done for. 1881. ..."

5. Individuality and the Moral Aim in American Education: The Gilchrist Report by Harry Thiselton Mark (1901)
"Few things in educational science are more clearly established than this : That if a teacher or a parent makes a child knuckle under to him, the child is in ..."

6. The Sunday Magazine by Thomas Guthrie, William Garden Blaikie, Benjamin Waugh (1877)
"... at least hold their own against it—or, as they would put it themselves, those who knuckle under to poverty, and those who won't knuckle under to it. ..."

7. New York Teachers' Monographs by Sidney Marsden Fuerst (1899)
"Few things in educational science are more clearly established than this: That if a teacher or a parent makes a child knuckle under to him, the child is in ..."

8. Materia Medica Pura by Samuel Hahnemann, Robert Ellis Dudgeon (1880)
"The knees knuckle under him when standing (aft. i h.). [ATr.] 455. Sometimes in the knee a sudden loss of power ; they knuckle under him, whilst the feet ..."

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