knuckle under


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knuck·le

 (nŭk′əl)
n.
1.
a. The prominence of the dorsal aspect of a joint of a finger, especially of one of the joints connecting the fingers to the hand.
b. A rounded protuberance formed by the bones in a joint.
2. A cut of meat centering on the carpal or tarsal joint, as of a pig.
3. The part of a hinge through which the pin passes.
4. A sharp angle formed by the meeting of two surfaces, especially two ship's timbers.
5. knuckles Brass knuckles.
tr.v. knuck·led, knuck·ling, knuck·les
1. To press, rub, or hit with the knuckles.
2. To shoot (a marble) with the thumb over the bent forefinger.
Phrasal Verbs:
knuckle down
To apply oneself earnestly to a task.
knuckle under
To yield to pressure; give in.

[Middle English knokel.]

knuckle under

vb
(intr, adverb) to give way under pressure or authority; yield
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.knuckle under - consent reluctantly
consent, go for, accept - give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to; "I cannot accept your invitation"; "I go for this resolution"
accede, give in, bow, defer, submit - yield to another's wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure"
Translations

w>knuckle under

vi (inf)spuren (inf), → sich fügen (to +dat); (to demands) → sich beugen (to +dat)
References in classic literature ?
We had to knuckle under the whole of the time, to the civil authorities.