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n. Chiefly British
1. A person who buys worn-out or old livestock and slaughters them to sell the meat or hides.
2. A person who buys unwanted structures, such as houses or ships, and dismantles them to sell the materials.
[Probably of Scandinavian origin.]
knack′er·y (-ə-rē) n.
1. a person who buys up old horses for slaughter
2. a person who buys up old buildings and breaks them up for scrap
3. (Anatomy) (usually plural) slang another word for testicle
4. slang Irish a despicable person
(tr; usually passive) slang to exhaust; tire
[C16: probably from nacker saddler, probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse hnakkur saddle]
1. a person who buys animal carcasses or slaughters useless livestock for a rendering works.
2. a person who buys and dismembers old houses, ships, etc., to salvage usable parts, selling the rest as scrap.
[1565–75; -knack earlier, a saddlemaker, perhaps (< Scandinavian; compare Icelandic hnakkr nape of the neck, saddle) + -er1]
British. a person who purchases old structures and disassembles them for salvageable materials and scrap.See also: Buildings
Past participle: knackered
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|Noun||1.||knacker - someone who buys old buildings or ships and breaks them up to recover the materials in them|
wrecker - someone who demolishes or dismantles buildings as a job
|2.||knacker - someone who buys up old horses for slaughter|