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dukes

/ djuːks /

plural noun

  1. slang.
    the fists (esp in the phrase put your dukes up )


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Word History and Origins

Origin of dukes1

C19: from Duke of Yorks rhyming slang for forks (fingers)
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Example Sentences

Altogether, the monks, the Dukes, and the winemakers created a microcosm the influence of which can still be felt today.

The powerful Burgundian Dukes noticed that this parcel made particularly elegant wine each year.

The Dukes of Hazzard were masters of button-popped shirts, teasingly open.

In one of the biggest “gets” of the book, Cohan interviews Robert Steel, who was the chairman of Dukes?

Later, the Dukes of Burgundy appropriated the land and vines were revived by medieval monks.

Later still, for the same reason, when he was making his hierarchy stronger, he created him one of his new Dukes.

It is there called a "prie-dieu," and is said to have belonged to the Dukes of Savoy, but the size is very unusual for such a use.

The Dukes set an example of extravagance which was followed by the Barons who surrounded them, and also by the rich bourgeois.

Ruggiero the elder was so highly valued by the Medici that the two dukes, Cosmo and Lorenzo, stood godfathers to his two sons.

Nor were the nobles more inclined to exchange the bishops for other rulers, especially if these were to be the Dukes of Burgundy.

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