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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.
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n, pl -eries
archaic informal Brit a slaughterhouse for horses
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