[nuhk-uh l-duhs-ter]


Origin of knuckle-duster

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for knuckle-dusters

Historical Examples of knuckle-dusters

  • He does not fight with knuckle-dusters or kick with his heavy boots.

    The Toilers of the Field

    Richard Jefferies

  • There'd been a strike in the mine, an' my friend had took it in hand with knuckle-dusters on.

  • Nets may not be so spectacular as knuckle-dusters, but they are slightly more civilised and generally more efficient.

British Dictionary definitions for knuckle-dusters



(often plural) a metal bar fitted over the knuckles, often with holes for the fingers, for inflicting injury by a blow with the fist
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