- The intention would be to have dead animals collected from farms by the local knacker man and then sent for rendering.
- ‘In the Fall’ tells of an old horse being sold to the knacker by a family who lack the means to feed it through another winter and who need the pittance it will bring.
- He explains that there was a mistake - the vet had just bought the van from the knacker and had not yet painted out the old name.
verb[with object] (often as adjective knackered) informal Back to top
- And after last night's shenanigans I'm absolutely knackered.
- Bless him, by this point it was about quarter to two in the morning and he was knackered so I forgive him for being a bit confused.
- I had every intention of arriving early and leaving early as it was a ‘school night’ and I was knackered after quite a few late nights at work.
late 16th century (originally denoting a harness-maker, then a slaughterer of horses): possibly from obsolete knack 'trinket' The word also had the sense 'old worn-out horse' (late 18th cent). It is unclear whether the verb represents a figurative use of 'slaughter', from the noun sense, or of 'castrate', from a slang sense of the noun, 'testicles'.
Definition of knacker in:
- The British & World English dictionary