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verb     knuckle pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleknuckling
past tenseknuckled
past participleknuckled

phrasal verbs

knuckle down

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyknuckle down
he/she/itknuckles down
present participleknuckling down
past tenseknuckled down
past participleknuckled down
to start working hard, especially when you should have done this earlier

This year’s students seem much more inclined to knuckle down to work.

It’s time you knuckled down to some work.

knuckle under

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyknuckle under
he/she/itknuckles under
present participleknuckling under
past tenseknuckled under
past participleknuckled under
to do what someone tells you to do

He wasn’t going to knuckle under to some woman.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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