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The convex bone in front of the knee joint; the patella.
- ‘It affects the cartilage on the back of the kneecap and causes pain and stiffness, especially when going up and down stairs.’
- ‘He lost his leg just above the kneecap last year as a result of a motorcycle accident.’
- ‘Drilled into his knee was a large hole where the bullet had smashed into his kneecap, shattering two bones.’
- ‘He needs more surgery, this time to graft together the bone in the kneecap.’
- ‘The tendon that connects the kneecap to the thigh muscle (patellar tendon) can be torn if the knee is bent too far back.’
Shoot (someone) in the knee or leg as a form of punishment.‘petty crimes are punished by kneecapping’
- ‘They made lots of general party noise, which was fine up to about 11 p.m. After that, I wanted to go outside and kneecap them all with my cricket bat.’
- ‘In real life he's heavily involved in a secret life of gangland crime and kneecapping.’
- ‘A fellow in the audience said I should be kneecapped for making these remarks.’
- ‘On one side, new media with new styles are booming; on the other, credibility crises have kneecapped such previously authoritative institutions as CBS News, The New York Times, and the BBC.’
- ‘Mr Hackett said the defendant then left the house making threats to petrol bomb it and to kneecap his family.’
- ‘A long slump in oil prices, 17 percent inflation and unemployment of at least nine percent has kneecapped Iran's economy.’
- ‘He must not enter Railton Terrace in Moston, where he allegedly approached a resident and threatened to have him kneecapped.’
- ‘Would you be afraid to meet him late at night in a dark alley, just in case he was carrying a crowbar and threatening to kneecap you?’
- ‘Three years earlier Mr Smith had kneecapped him, breaking his leg with a baseball bat after drugs he was looking after went missing, the jury heard.’
- ‘In the last two months, they are reported to have carried out at least 13 punishment shootings in Belfast and South Armagh - often involving youths being kneecapped for joyriding, petty theft, drug taking and other offences.’
- ‘The boy's first taste of warfare was to kneecap a prisoner from the rebel forces.’
- ‘This is particularly so in an environment where worker alienation is so strong and the once authoritative independent commission has been kneecapped.’
- ‘Schools kneecapped by tax cuts become ‘failing schools’ and get further funding cuts.’
- ‘The kneecapping, tar and feathering, the beatings, and the killing (if you didn't comply with the 1st warning) were respected by many in the nationalist community.’
- ‘For many years people stayed away from Northern Ireland, frightened that they might be shot, bombed or kneecapped in the street for no reason other than their Religion.’
- ‘The less-than-dynamic duo may yet get it right, especially if they can stop kneecapping themselves with stupid stunts.’
- ‘The jury heard the kneecapping took place in February 1999, three years before Hickson shot Smith dead.’
- ‘The strong chassis, excellent impact absorption and multiple airbags (including one under the steering wheel to prevent it from kneecapping the driver) won it five safety stars.’
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