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brass knuckles

pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
A metal chain or a set of rings attached to a bar that can be fitted over the fingers to increase the impact of a blow with the fist.

brass′ knuck′les


n.
(used with a pl. v.) a band of metal with four holes that fits over the upper fingers and is gripped when a fist is made, used as a weapon.
[1850–55, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brass knuckles - a small metal weaponbrass knuckles - a small metal weapon; worn over the knuckles on the back of the hand
weapon, weapon system, arm - any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting; "he was licensed to carry a weapon"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
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