- the patella.
- a protective covering, usually knitted, for the knee.
- to cripple (a person) by shooting in the knee: Terrorists were kneecapping prospective jurors.
Origin of kneecap
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Examples from the Web for kneecap
My muddy shoe slipped, and I banged my kneecap on a fence rail, clinging for dear life.Chicago’s Running of the Bulls
July 26, 2014
At the same time, Tea Partyers are fending off Republican attempts to “kneecap” the movement as a whole, says Carender.With Incumbents To Protect, The Tea Party Is Now Playing Defense
March 20, 2014
You cannot kneecap a statistic, though you can sometimes make it limp.How Long, How Long Did We Sing that Song?
June 16, 2010
Gillibrand exclaims, punctuating her eruption with a brisk swat to my kneecap.Gillibrand Fights Back
January 18, 2010
His elevation above the valley was about the kneecap of the Generoso.Diana of the Crossways, Complete
From her perch on my kneecap Red said, coolly, "Don't you dare try that again."
Red turned away in disgust to leap from my kneecap to Willy's.
The trappers entertain a superstitious notion, which leads them to remove a kneecap from each beaver and throw it into the fire.The Desert World
In the action I saw that his leg pained him, for he bent it suddenly and put his hand on the kneecap.The Other Fellow
F. Hopkinson Smith
- (esp of certain terrorist groups) to shoot (a person) in the kneecap, esp as an act of retaliation
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Word Origin and History for kneecap
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