Definitions

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  • noun Plural form of knucklebone.
  • noun a game with similarities to jacks and dice
  • noun slang dice

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  • noun a game in which jackstones are thrown and picked up in various groups between bounces of a small rubber ball

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Examples

  • The pain that shot through my knucklebones and up my hand felt good.

    Darkness Becomes Her

  • Instead of clumps of oak and elm, the West is populated with chapparal of thorns and pungent with oils (I only know that after having walked among ‘em, since we don’t yet have smell-o-vision) and rock outcroppings like giant knucklebones stacked on one another, carved out of red rock or bleaching granite.

    Strangeways – Behind the Scenes – 03 | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment

  • She wove our clothes, played knucklebones, snakes & ladders, lined up with other women at the well, walked home balancing the vase on her head as she balanced our family, the oikos.

    Parents

  • She wove our clothes, played knucklebones, snakes & ladders, lined up with other women at the well, walked home balancing the vase on her head as she balanced our family, the oikos.

    Parents

  • It was a scene of primeval wilderness in the midst of managed National Trust landscape, made all the more mystical by the fact we were standing on a small, circular platform of sheep knucklebones.

    Country diary: Allen Banks, Northumberland

  • The pain that shot through my knucklebones and up my hand felt good.

    Darkness Becomes Her

  • She wove our clothes, played knucklebones, snakes & ladders, lined up with other women at the well, walked home balancing the vase on her head as she balanced our family, the oikos.

    Parents

  • The pain that shot through my knucklebones and up my hand felt good.

    Darkness Becomes Her

  • Instead, she sees women with spines that move like ribbons of knucklebones beneath their sweat-soaked leotards, and a short, barrel-chested man with a bald head like Daddy Warbucks who yells for them to do it higher!

    Boys and Girls Like You and Me

  • Instead, she sees women with spines that move like ribbons of knucklebones beneath their sweat-soaked leotards, and a short, barrel-chested man with a bald head like Daddy Warbucks who yells for them to do it higher!

    Boys and Girls Like You and Me

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  • "I preferred playing knucklebones on the abandoned graves of the old cemetery, which I had turned into my private garden."

    The Last Rendezvous by Anne Plantagenet, translated by Willard Wood, p 18

    June 5, 2010