kneecapping

noun
knee·cap·ping | \ˈnē-ˌka-piŋ \

Definition of kneecapping 

: the terroristic act or practice of maiming a person's knees (as by gunshot)

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kneecap \ˈnē-ˌkap \ transitive verb

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College athletic directors are only important for their influence on coaches and fundraising, so in that way the kneecapping of Sheahon Zenger is only interesting for its impact on David Beaty and Kansas' stuck-in-the-mud football program. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger is fired, but the real loser is David Beaty | The Kansas City Star," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of kneecapping

1974, in the meaning defined above

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