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knacker

[ nak-er ]
/ ˈnæk ər /
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noun British.
a person who buys animal carcasses or slaughters useless livestock for a knackery or rendering works.
a person who buys and dismembers old houses, ships, etc., to salvage usable parts, selling the rest as scrap.
Dialect. an old, sick, or useless farm animal, especially a horse.
Obsolete. a harness maker; a saddler.
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Origin of knacker

1565–75; knack (<Scandinavian; compare Icelandic hnakkr nape of the neck, saddle) + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for knacker

knacker
/ (ˈnækə) British /

noun
a person who buys up old horses for slaughter
a person who buys up old buildings and breaks them up for scrap
(usually plural) slang another word for testicle
Irish slang a despicable person
verb
(tr; usually passive) slang to exhaust; tire

Word Origin for knacker

C16: probably from nacker saddler, probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse hnakkur saddle
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