knuckle under

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v knuckle under consent reluctantly
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Usage

In literature:

And he wouldn't knuckle under, either, so he wouldn't.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
This ship I've built and loved like a child isn't going to knuckle under to any man living.
"The Iron Pirate" by Max Pemberton
But I reckon I'd better have knuckled under.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
They pay up or knuckle under to keep it quiet.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
Now, I'm ready any time to knuckle under to a man that's better'n I am.
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
In the hind-quarter, if there is a faint smell under the kidney, and the knuckle is limp, the meat is stale.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Other settlers went in, and had to knuckle under.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
Even Tolliver Watt knuckled under when St. Cyr voiced the threat of removing DeeDee.
"The Ego Machine" by Henry Kuttner
In most cases so far examined, the colonist had by now either knuckled under to Boggs or engaged in a futile personal duel with him.
"The Colonists" by Raymond F. Jones
He'll kick, jib, order you out of the house, but he will knuckle under in the long run.
"Hard Pressed" by Fred M. White
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In poetry:

In sunless air, under pines
Green to the point of blackness, some
Founding father set these lobed, warped stones
To loom in the leaf-filtered gloom
Black as the charred knuckle-bones
"Child's Park Stones" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Check out Russ Taylor's slammin under construction 1951 Chevy Five-Window Truck, in the Busted Knuckles department of Truckin' Magazine.
Dickey won't knuckle under .
Knuckling under can be a good thing.
Well let me see if I can knuckle under to these questions and provide some information on the topic.
VeriSign knuckled under to pressure from several recent lawsuits and halted its SiteFinder redirection service.
Maybe I should have knuckled under and said, 'That's one thing I can't have as my newfound right in be...
The bare-knuckle spirit of the American boozehound can now hold its head up a little higher: a new study has discovered that being under the influence of alcohol may increase a person's chances for survival in the event of an accident.
American had just flown another departure - another Miami-Dade aviation director out who wouldn't knuckle under to American's demands.
Under the front end again, undo the steering shaft knuckle fastener so when the vehicle drivetrain is lowered out of the vehicle, the intermediate shaft stays with the body.
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