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[nuhk-uh l-duhs-ter] /ˈnʌk əlˌdʌs tər/
Origin of knuckle-duster
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for knuckle-duster
Historical Examples
  • This she proposed to do with the help of a knuckle-duster, which she produced and gave to Gaudry.

  • He had the medal in it still between his fingers, using it like a knuckle-duster.

    Walking Shadows Alfred Noyes
  • The fact is that the sight of the knuckle-duster had changed my mood.

    The Uttermost Farthing R. Austin Freeman
  • knuckle-duster, a large, heavy, or over-gaudy ring; a ring which attracts attention from its size.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • I have used a hand-bayonet which sticks out from the fist like a knuckle-duster and is about six inches long.

  • There were papers in his coat, also a knuckle-duster, a big clasp-knife, and an automatic pistol.

    The Moonlit Way

    Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for knuckle-duster


(often pl) a metal bar fitted over the knuckles, often with holes for the fingers, for inflicting injury by a blow with the fist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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