knuckle–dust

transitive verb knuck·le–dust \ˈnəkəlˌdəst\

Definition of knuckle–dust

  1. :  the strike with the fist; specifically :  to strike with brass knuckles

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Origin and Etymology of knuckle–dust

back-formation from knuckle-duster


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