- to apply oneself vigorously and earnestly; become serious: Just knuckle down for an hour or so and finish the work.
- Also knuckle under. to submit; yield.
Origin of knuckle
OTHER WORDS FROM knuckleknuckly, adjective
Words nearby knuckle
How to use knuckle in a sentence
Use your tape and measure the width of your hand at your knuckles.
He also did not turn himself into law enforcement, she said, and instead was found at his sister’s home in Macon, 75 miles from home, with brass knuckles, multiple guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.Prosecutors want defense attorney, ex-Sacramento GOP leader charged in Capitol siege to remain detained|Rachel Weiner, Spencer Hsu|January 21, 2021|Washington Post
As a variant, keep your eyes looking forward and glide your knuckles down toward your shoulder in a straight line.
Glide your knuckles down slowly, applying constant pressure.
I’ve knocked on wood so many times since March that my knuckles are covered in callouses.Should I be giving my little girl a bigger dose of reality about the pandemic?|Scott Neumyer|October 30, 2020|Washington Post
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, my third book, changed my life and put me on bare-knuckle terms with my abilities.The Stacks: How The Berlin Wall Inspired John le Carré’s First Masterpiece|John le Carré|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If you think of yourself as more than a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal, you can stand up and be respectful.
How could it be that this word, and not “what” or “why,” has caused a bare-knuckle brawl at such a stratospheric social level?
I like the term knuckle dragger, but I don't want to cast any undeserved slurs at Neanderthals.No Denial From Bret Stephens Re. Yeshiva University Panel Slurs|Lisa Goldman|October 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In Silicon Valley it's a war for talent—an all-out knuckle-drag war.E-Verify mandate: 'Pain in the neck' for Main Street|CNBC|July 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He had their undivided attention in a moment, without the rapping of Miss Carringtons hard knuckle on the table top.
Bobby said that that knuckle of Gee Gees middle finger had been abnormally developed by continued bringing the class to order.
By chance he heard us warned for guard, and at once went to his tent and returned with a ham knuckle.Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie|George Brenton Laurie
Three were used at a time, thrown from the fritillus, as were the knuckle-bones (Fig. 132), but the sides counted that came up.The Private Life of the Romans|Harold Whetstone Johnston
If this rounding is carried to excess we get the Knuckle thread shown at (d).An Introduction to Machine Drawing and Design|David Allan Low
British Dictionary definitions for knuckle
Derived forms of knuckleknuckly, adjective
Word Origin for knuckle
Other Idioms and Phrases with knuckle
In addition to the idioms beginning with knuckle
- knuckle down
- knuckle under
- rap someone's knuckles