brass knuckles


noun

a band of metal with four holes that fits over the upper fingers and that is gripped when a fist is made, used for increasing the effect of a blow with the fist.

Nearby words

  1. brass,
  2. brass band,
  3. brass farthing,
  4. brass hat,
  5. brass instrument,
  6. brass neck,
  7. brass ring,
  8. brass rubbing,
  9. brass tacks,
  10. brass-collar

Origin of brass knuckles

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55

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Examples from the Web for brass knuckles

  • The Raiders were plentifully provided with the usual weapons of their class—slung-shots and brass-knuckles.

  • The Raiders were plentifully provided with the usual weapons of their class--slung-shots and brass-knuckles.