knuckle down

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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.]
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knuckle down

(intr, adverb) informal to apply oneself diligently: to knuckle down to some work.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.knuckle down - work very hard, like a slave
do work, work - be employed; "Is your husband working again?"; "My wife never worked"; "Do you want to work after the age of 60?"; "She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money"; "She works as a waitress to put herself through college"
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w>knuckle down

vi (inf)sich dahinterklemmen (inf), → sich dranmachen (inf); to knuckle down to worksich hinter die Arbeit klemmen (inf), → sich an die Arbeit machen
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References in classic literature ?
All is gloom and silence in the house; even the voice of the child is hushed; his infant sports are disregarded when his mother weeps; his "alley tors" and his "commoneys" are alike neglected; he forgets the long familiar cry of "knuckle down," and at tip-cheese, or odd and even, his hand is out.
NEIL LENNON has told Celtic star Olivier Ntcham to knuckle down after burying the hatchet with the Frenchman.
Martin Braithwaite wanted a move to Spain but that never materialised with Boro standing firm, and Pulis insists the Danish forward won't sulk but will instead "knuckle down".
The China In Your Hand singer, 60, said: "I said, 'Knuckle down and pay attention'.
"I was able to knuckle down and get myself in," he added.
The former table tennis player said they didn't feel the need to knuckle down in practice, undermining their ability to perform on the pitch.
TIM Sherwood has challenged Jack Grealish to fulfil his undeniable potential at Villa and told the midfielder to 'knuckle down'.
Asked how Wrexham players would respond to the defeat, the manager said: "You knuckle down.
JP's brother pays an unexpected visit and tells him it is time to knuckle down, while Howard has created a secret revision den in the cellar.
Former Newcastle United defender Steve Howey has slammed Florian Thauvin for "messing with his hair" on the pitch and has urged the Frenchman to "knuckle down" in order to become a success on Tyneside.
But McClaren has warned Cisse (above) that if he does stay he will have to knuckle down and contribute to the great team spirit at the club - something that was in evidence at Old Trafford last week and even in defeat against Arsenal yesterday.