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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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  • He does not fight with knuckle-dusters or kick with his heavy boots.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • There'd been a strike in the mine, an' my friend had took it in hand with knuckle-dusters on.

    Northern Lights, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • Nets may not be so spectacular as knuckle-dusters, but they are slightly more civilised and generally more efficient.

    Germany, The Next Republic?

    Carl W. Ackerman
British Dictionary definitions for knuckle-dusters


(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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Slang definitions & phrases for knuckle-dusters



Brass knuckles (1858+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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