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brass knuckles

noun
1.
a band of metal with four holes that fits over the upper fingers and that is gripped when a fist is made, used for increasing the effect of a blow with the fist.
Origin of brass knuckles
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism
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  • The Raiders were plentifully provided with the usual weapons of their class—slung-shots and brass-knuckles.

  • The Raiders were plentifully provided with the usual weapons of their class--slung-shots and brass-knuckles.

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