knee·​cap·​ping | \ ˈnē-ˌka-piŋ How to pronounce kneecapping (audio) \

Definition of kneecapping

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

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kneecap \ ˈnē-​ˌkap How to pronounce kneecap (audio) \ 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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The first known use of kneecapping was in 1974

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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