Knuckle Under




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Knuckle Under : Phrases



Meaning:

To give way; submit; admit defeat.


Example:

The Italian and German riders
knuckled under the pressure from Lance Armstrong during the final stages of the Tour de France.


Origin:

This expression goes back to the late 17th century tavern habit of knocking the underside of the table when beaten in an argument - they put their knuckles under.

Alternative: Although the word knuckle now refers to the finger-joint, it used to be applied to other joints such as the knee. To
knuckle under meant to bend the knee in respect or submission.





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