Definition of brass knuckles

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Recent Examples on the Web Back in coach, low-born, vulgar ruffians pause their brawling to menace flight attendants with their brass knuckles and truncheons. Robert Sapolsky, CNN, 9 June 2021 Democrats are effective at wielding brass knuckles. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 3 June 2021 Adorable and often sparkly, they’re meant to be worn on your fingers and used to sharpen a punch—brass knuckles, rebranded. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 3 June 2021 The 16-year-old boy was also hit with charges of unlawful carrying of a dangerous weapon and carrying a dangerous weapon when arrested, for having brass knuckles, cops said. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 31 Dec. 2020 One of the teenage boys was carrying brass knuckles, according to police, and faces an additional charge of unlawful carrying of a dangerous weapon. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 30 Dec. 2020 The 16-year-old boy was also charged with carrying brass knuckles unlawfully and carrying a dangerous weapon when arrested. Artemis Moshtaghian And Scottie Andrew, CNN, 29 Dec. 2020 Digging into his tights, his hand would emerge wearing brass knuckles. New York Times, 7 Dec. 2020 The assailant broke her jaw with brass knuckles, then wrapped a rag around her neck, squeezing the life out of the region’s best hope for accountability and justice. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of brass knuckles

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Brass knuckles.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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