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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Middle Low German
Origin: knökel 'small bone, knuckle'

knuckle

1 noun
     
Related topics: Food, Human
knuck‧le1 [countable]
1HBH your knuckles are the joints in your fingers, including the ones where your fingers join your hands:
Her knuckles whitened as she gripped the gun.
2DF a piece of meat around the lowest leg joint of a pig:
a knuckle of pork
3

near the knuckle

British English informal rude, or likely to give offence:
Some of his jokes are a bit near the knuckle.

➔ a rap on/over the knuckles

at rap1 (6)

; ➔ rap somebody on/over the knuckles

at rap2 (5)

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