Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To knack or knock slightly; knap; crack.

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Examples

  • Style for style has produced in these days hasty literature and thoughtless improvisation; love for love leads to unnatural vice, onanism, and prostitution; art for art ends in Chinese knick-knacks, caricature, the worship of the ugly.

    System of Economical Contradictions: or, the Philosophy of Misery

  • It is really a very deep traverse with a flattening after eighty yards, a left jog straight downhill, and a bad 'knick' at the bottom just before a bridge-which, though twenty-five feet wide, never seems wide enough.

    Notes on Olympic Skiing: 1936

  • If every caffeine addict in New York, or Duluth or Sacramento or wherever, asked for fair trade coffee beans, we could eventually turn the entire coffee business into a completely fair trade industry -- but there's no special kind of knick knack that you could buy whose profits will get us out of Iraq, no tchotchkey you can pick up for your nephew that is going to eventually ensure a peaceful resolution between Israel and Palestine.

    E. A. Hanks: Can Your Christmas List Make A Difference?

  • Another is an Asian store where you find some lovely knick knacks and clothing.

    "I pledge to you all that you wish, the moon and the stars."

  • Anyway, the buyer had owned it at some point, because he sold it to Yves Saint Laurent, whose household knick knacks were being sold in this auction.

    Friends of furniture, gather round | clusterflock

  • « Remembrance Day, a late tribute Bright Western knick-knack challenge!!!

    Your History Moment: The Fall of The Berlin Wall « Third Point of Singularity

  • If you are just concerned about bringing a 'few' things like kitchen equipment, clothes, computers, knick-knacks etc etc and not a bunch of furniture and a 'wood-working shop', you could easily bring that down in your car without any or much trouble nor cost.

    Newbie

  • Normally, a man would grab a bit of toilet paper and apply it to the knick, but I do not.

    Shredded

  • But, the rule always applies if you see a knick or a weak spot.

    how often should you replace the line on your fishing poles

  • Many other aspects of the lampshade were uncovered during the three years I worked on the book, a time during which I made numerous trips to Buchenwald, the concentration camp most associated with the alleged Nazi practice of stripping the skin from Jewish prisoners and fashioning it into sardonic knick knacks like lampshades.

    Mark Jacobson: Looking At An Icon Of Evil

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