Synonyms for knuckle down

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Meanwhile, put aside all that idea and knuckle down and help.

I get wore out lots of times and knuckle down, but Dr. Hugh won't.

Well, my good times are over, and I'll have to knuckle down to work now.

The human family will not knuckle down and swallow the truth.

If you are cowardly, she will be bold; but if you are bold and resolute, she will knuckle down.

But, even if he requests it were not going to knuckle down to Skeel; are we?

I know what I'm about—I'll make him knuckle down—never fear me!

I wasn't overfond of the job I had on the ship, but I had to knuckle down to it all the same.

Only one has to knuckle down to these wretched exams first.'

But the commander refused to knuckle down to any show of arrogance.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., knokel "finger joint; any joint of the body, especially a knobby one; morbid lump or swelling;" common Germanic (cf. Middle Low German knökel, Middle Dutch cnockel, German knöchel), literally "little bone," a diminutive of Proto-Germanic root *knuck- "bone" (cf. German Knochen "bone).

As a verb from 1740, originally in the game of marbles. To knuckle down "apply oneself earnestly" is 1864 in American English, extended from marbles (putting a knuckle on the ground in assuming the hand position preliminary to shooting); to knuckle under "submit, give in" is first recorded 1740, supposedly from the former more general sense of "knuckle" and here meaning "knee," hence "to kneel." The face-busting knuckle-duster is from 1858 (a duster was a type of protective coat worn by workmen).

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