Definition of knuckle under in English:

knuckle under

phrasal verb

  • Submit to someone else's authority.

    • ‘Hardly surprisingly, Frederick knuckled under to his father's wishes, meanwhile biding his time and devoutly wishing for the old man's death.’
    • ‘If she doesn't knuckle under soon, she's going to fail her exams.’
    • ‘Eventually, the House Republican Caucus had to knuckle under on the DeLay Rule because of all the constituent outrage.’
    • ‘He is reform-minded, and believes that what is best for his people is not knuckling under to the United States.’
    • ‘We might use the churches which did not knuckle under to Hitler, although it is questionable in the minds of some people whether churches should get into politics.’
    • ‘He laughed when I told him about Pavlov's later turn and about the accusation that he had knuckled under to the nomenklatura.’
    • ‘Yet you've also seen some evidence of politicians knuckling under to the will of illegal alien advocacy groups.’
    • ‘In the one she will renounce it, in the other she will knuckle under to it.’
    • ‘If California does not knuckle under, the US Treasury may have to fork out $976 million in compensation to the Canadians.’
    • ‘Will I knuckle under and write nothing about the Treasurer that isn't positive, or will a threatening call to my boss's boss be needed to bring me to heel?’
    • ‘Their alternatives were to knuckle under or die.’
    • ‘With my final unemployment check looming, I finally knuckled under, swallowed my pride, and rejoined the TrustiTemps agency.’
    • ‘If the Administration knuckles under now, its support will bleed away.’
    • ‘I thank them for their courage to stand up to what must be tremendous pressure to knuckle under.’
    • ‘The movie was a nasty, dark piece of work about needy characters knuckling under to their worst impulses.’
    • ‘But his minister was adamant and rather than knuckle under, Spinetta quit.’
    • ‘In agreeing to the truce, union leaders knuckled under to company threats to close its operations.’
    • ‘Will Senate Democrats knuckle under or fight for minimal principles?’
    • ‘Every state in Europe with commercial interests in the Mediterranean had knuckled under to the extortion.’
    • ‘I am sorry to say that our employer knuckled under, and so did we, and we replaced that version of the paper with another, without the offending citation.’
    surrender, submit, capitulate, give in, give up, yield, give way, succumb, climb down, back down, quit, admit defeat, lay down one's arms, be defeated, be overcome, acquiesce, accede, accept, defer
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