transitive verb
variants: or Ku-Klux \ ˈk(y)üˌkləks , often ÷ˈklü-​ by assimilation to the kl of “Klux” & “Klan” \

Definition of ku-klux

: to maltreat or terrorize in a way thought to be typical of the Ku Klux Klan ku-kluxed him by shooting him with bird shot— R. H. Collins

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