knacker

knacker

[nak-er]
noun British.
1.
a person who buys animal carcasses or slaughters useless livestock for a knackery or rendering works.
2.
a person who buys and dismembers old houses, ships, etc., to salvage usable parts, selling the rest as scrap.
3.
Dialect. an old, sick, or useless farm animal, especially a horse.
4.
Obsolete. a harness maker; a saddler.

Origin:
1565–75; knack (< Scandinavian; compare Icelandic hnakkr nape of the neck, saddle) + -er1

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knacker (ˈnækə)
 
n
1.  a person who buys up old horses for slaughter
2.  a person who buys up old buildings and breaks them up for scrap
3.  slang (usually plural) another word for testicle
4.  slang (Irish) a despicable person
 
vb
5.  slang (tr; usually passive) to exhaust; tire
 
[C16: probably from nacker saddler, probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse hnakkur saddle]

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