Can we tighten our belts, knuckle down and use that knowledge that our forefathers and mothers gave us?
He is tough, a Scottish bruiser when it comes to a knuckle fight.
The painting, created between 1500 and 1525, features a wealthy woman in a bejeweled collar, also wearing a first knuckle ring.
As I rub my left hand, I notice a small bruise around the knuckle of my pinkie finger.
“Being new in town, it was really important to focus and knuckle down,” she said of her decision to focus on acting.
He tapped once with the knuckle of his forefinger, gently, like a little mouse.
Franklin presented his knuckle to the key, but received no spark.
“knuckle down,” according to our recollections, was the laying the knuckle on the ground for a shot.
He reached the Chief's office, rapped with a knuckle and pushed his way through.
I shall not stoop so low as to knuckle to them and flatter them.
mid-14c., knokel "finger joint; any joint of the body, especially a knobby one; morbid lump or swelling;" common Germanic (cf. Middle Low German knökel, Middle Dutch cnockel, German knöchel), literally "little bone," a diminutive of Proto-Germanic root *knuck- "bone" (cf. German Knochen "bone).
As a verb from 1740, originally in the game of marbles. To knuckle down "apply oneself earnestly" is 1864 in American English, extended from marbles (putting a knuckle on the ground in assuming the hand position preliminary to shooting); to knuckle under "submit, give in" is first recorded 1740, supposedly from the former more general sense of "knuckle" and here meaning "knee," hence "to kneel." The face-busting knuckle-duster is from 1858 (a duster was a type of protective coat worn by workmen).
knuckle knuck·le (nŭk'əl)
The prominence of the dorsal aspect of a joint of a finger, especially of one of the joints that connect the fingers to the hand.
A rounded protuberance formed by the bones in a joint.
A kink or loop of intestine, as in a hernia.