knuckle down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v knuckle down work very hard, like a slave
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Knuckle down to apply one's self with vigour to a task: to submit—in this sense, also Knuckle under
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. knokil; cf. Dut. knokkel; prob. Celt., W. cnwc.

Usage

In literature:

Frank, once more I knuckle down to your superior wisdom.
"The Saddle Boys in the Grand Canyon" by James Carson
The dude employe who wears a high collar is not the one that knuckles down to hard work.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
I'm not going to knuckle down to him, either.
"The Hoosier School-boy" by Edward Eggleston
It fitted him to a charm, save for the almost negligible fact that the sleeves came down nearly to his knuckles.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
The human family will not knuckle down and swallow the truth.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
Whatever the outcome of a later fight might be, the fact that he had knuckled under to the agent could never be lived down.
"Hidden Gold" by Wilder Anthony
He would have brought his knuckles down on his head, only he remembered what Baldry had done for him.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
On approaching your worship's door, I heard the words "knuckle down" articulated in a shrill voice.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Samuel James Arnold
If they broke down in their make-believe he rapped them on the knuckles.
"Peter and Wendy" by James Matthew Barrie
His knuckles went crunch and Harry Bettis' nose went crunch and Bettis fell down.
"Summer Snow Storm" by Adam Chase
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In poetry:

For Ranger McCabe never knuckled to danger;
My pardner in camp, on the trail, or in town:
And he slid into glory, a true forest ranger,
With" "Hell! I'm a-goin'! Just roll a rock down."
"Roll A Rock Down" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Now some shearing I have done, and some prizes I have won,
Through my knuckling down so close on the skin,
But I'd rather tomahawk every day than shear a flock,
For that's the only way I make some tin.
"Tomahawking Fred" by Anonymous Oceania
The soil is savoury with their bones' lost marrow;
Down among dark roots their polished knuckles lie,
And no one could tell one peeled head from another;
Earth packs each crater that once gleamed with eye.
"An Old Lament Renewed" by Vernon Scannell

In news:

The Libertine Bar Fourth of July Brass Knuckle Corn Dog Beat Down.
The knuckle-headed nation of NASCAR has turned the 2011 racin' season into an episode of Jerry Springer, and it's about time I put down the 'shine and git y'all caught up on the drama.
Bare -Knuckle Boxing: Golden Boy Makes Return Bout, But Gay Teenage Boarding School Musical bare Needs Dressing Down.
Bare-Knuckle Boxing: Golden Boy Makes Return Bout, But Gay Teenage Boarding School Musical bare Needs Dressing Down.
Bare-Knuckle Boxing: Golden Boy Makes Return Bout , But Gay Teenage Boarding School Musical bare Needs Dressing Down.
Bare-Knuckle Boxing : Golden Boy Makes Return Bout, But Gay Teenage Boarding School Musical bare Needs Dressing Down.
Bare- Knuckle Boxing: Golden Boy Makes Return Bout, But Gay Teenage Boarding School Musical bare Needs Dressing Down.
As the food and beverage industry knuckles down to business at the start of the new year, I thought I'd take the time to tell you what has been happening behind the scenes at Food Engineering.
And two of San Fran's finest are double-teaming downtown when Testament and Death Angel pair up to knuckle down on Fremont Street.
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