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knuckle

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Human, Food
knuckleknuck‧le1 /ˈnʌkΙ™l/ noun [countable] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 HBHyour knuckles are the joints in your fingers, including the ones where your fingers join your hands πŸ”Š Her knuckles whitened as she gripped the gun.2 DFa piece of meat around the lowest leg joint of a pig πŸ”Š a knuckle of pork3 β†’ near the knuckle β†’ a rap on/over the knuckles at rap1(6), β†’ rap somebody on/over the knuckles at rap2(5)
Examples from the Corpus
knuckleβ€’ Lee sat reading, folded over the book, chewing a knuckle now.β€’ I clapped my gloves together, surprised when my bare knuckles smacked each other.β€’ Beside them both, Cheryl Russell was sucking her bloodied knuckles.β€’ Susan saw a smear of yellow paint across his knuckles.β€’ He sighed a lot, stretched his legs, cracked his knuckles.β€’ Karma Rubbish smokes at the end of the garden, cracking its knuckles to pass the time.β€’ My consciousness was raised, my knuckles were rapped and I no longer write or think that way.β€’ The power of the punch is concentrated in a small area of the knuckles.
knuckleknuckle2 verb πŸ”Š πŸ”Š β†’ knuckle down β†’ knuckle underβ†’ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
knuckleβ€’ But he kept his anger under control and vowed to knuckle down and fight for a first-team future.β€’ No attempts made to knuckle down and smarten up.β€’ Male speaker I think we've got to knuckle down and work hard.β€’ Social workers and their managers are clearly ready to knuckle down to the task of making the policy work for users.β€’ Mollified, if not entirely convinced, Vincent went back to Mauve and tried hard to knuckle down.β€’ Some coaches knuckle under to that.
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Verb table
knuckle
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyknuckle
he, she, itknuckles
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyknuckled
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave knuckled
he, she, ithas knuckled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad knuckled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill knuckle
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have knuckled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam knuckling
he, she, itis knuckling
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you, we, theyare knuckling
Past
I, he, she, itwas knuckling
you, we, theywere knuckling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been knuckling
he, she, ithas been knuckling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been knuckling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be knuckling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been knuckling
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