from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang Brass knuckles.
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- n. Alternative spelling of knuckle duster.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as knuckle
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I see beastly flashbulbs of many thingummies moving in the landfall without the slightest knuckle-duster of the landfall I see all the many thingummies going about the landfall.
DuPont moved and fought like a professional boxer – and on each fist he had a savage knuckle-duster with spikes on the outer edge.
I slipped my revolver into my right-hand pocket and a knuckle-duster over my left fist, where it was ready and yet would not stop me from being able to work my flashlight.
The old man, perhaps mistaking the signet ring for a knuckle-duster, put some space between them.
Her fist encased in a knuckle-duster hit Marie square between the eyes.
“And your knuckle-duster only cost me a couple of teeth …”
He slipped the knife, the knuckle-duster and the revolver into his overcoat pocket, and with apparent unconcern searched in every corner of the place, even opening the ice-box and the telephone booth.
This was the case with Christiani who, ten years previously, when arrested, had promptly struck Maigret with his knuckle-duster and who was now owner of a couple of “houses” in Paris and another at Barcelonnette.
He would doubtless have changed his mind on seeing Maigret suddenly glance at the camelhair overcoat belonging to one of the customers and hanging on the coat-rack, go up to it, thrust his hand into the pockets and pull out a knuckle-duster; and then on hearing the Superintendent remark goodhumouredly:
The newcomer was a plain-clothes policeman and he had used a pair of handcuffs as a knuckle-duster and had taken the ruffian clean on the point of the chin.