knuckle under


knuckle under

verb

Definition of KNUCKLE UNDER

1
to cease resistance (as to another's arguments, demands, or control) <encouraged her to stand firm and not knuckle under to political pressure>
Related Words acquiesce; defer
Antonyms resist
2
to yield to the control or power of enemy forces <the remote outpost was overrun and forced to knuckle under>
Related Words bow, buckle, cave (in), collapse, give (in); hand over, relinquish; lose; concede, fail, fold
Antonyms endure, stand

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