Definition of near the knuckle in English:

near the knuckle

phrase

British
informal
  • Verging on the indecent or offensive.

    • ‘We knew the movements were quite near the knuckle.’
    • ‘Grease Monkeys is no-holds-barred tv, a bit surreal and often near the knuckle.’
    • ‘When I watched it on TV, I sweated all the way through it because it was so near the knuckle.’
    • ‘Although its gross, flatulent Scotsman was pretty near the knuckle, most of us forgave Mike Myers that particular piece of stereotyping and laughed anyway.’
    • ‘Life Stinks, a 1991 departure from parody about a tycoon living in the gutter, was too near the knuckle for many American audiences whereas Dracula: Dead and Loving It was just another retread.’
    • ‘It's the sort of humour where you know you shouldn't really be laughing as the characters are very near the knuckle.’
    • ‘Like Faber, Sugar is writing a novel about her life and career but the excerpts are surely too near the knuckle to make it publishable.’
    • ‘Comedian John McBlain is convinced he will never get a mainstream television show because his mimicry of the province's politicians is too near the knuckle.’
    risqué, racy, sexy, naughty, spicy, juicy, suggestive, ribald, indelicate, indecorous, indecent, immodest, off colour, dirty, rude, smutty, crude, bawdy, vulgar, salacious, coarse
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