knuckle under

  1. (intr, adverb) to give way under pressure or authority; yield

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How to use knuckle under in a sentence

  • That if a child were coming, Ken would have to knuckle under.

    Class of '29 | Orrie Lashin and Milo Hastings
  • Upon which the man would knuckle under and go away forgiven, with a large order for more goods.

    Love Among the Chickens | P. G. Wodehouse
  • He had better knuckle under at once, as Dick had done, and enjoy a quiet time.

    Follow My leader | Talbot Baines Reed
  • It's more for the lark of the thing, and to show Chard we don't mean to knuckle under, than for the sake of a show.

  • This ship I've built and loved like a child isn't going to knuckle under to any man living.

    The Iron Pirate | Max Pemberton

Other Idioms and Phrases with knuckle under

knuckle under

Also, knuckle down. Give in, acknowledge defeat, as in The dean refused to knuckle under to the graduate students' demands, or He was forced to knuckle down before their threats of violence. Presumably this idiom alludes to a kneeling position with hands on the ground, knuckles down. [Mid-1700s]

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