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Definition of knack in English:

noun

[usually in singular]
1An acquired or natural skill at doing something: he had a knack for communicating
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  • He found work as a freelance consultant for engineering companies and soon discovered he had a knack for it.
  • During this campaign he displayed one of his greatest skills, the knack of surrounding himself with the right people.
  • Postle has a knack for combining slapstick comedy and pathos, which is very effective in this instance.
Synonyms
technique, method, trick, skill, art, secret, approach, way, skilfulness, mastery, expertise, handiness, deftness
informal know-how, the hang of something
1.1A tendency to do something: John had the enviable knack of falling asleep anywhere
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  • You've got a real knack for getting in trouble, don't you?
  • Speaking of sports ministers, it seems they all have a knack for putting their foot in it.
  • My dad is the type of guy who'll only sing at Christmas, but he has a knack for getting out his harmonica at unexpected moments.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English (originally denoting a clever or deceitful trick): probably related to obsolete knack 'sharp blow or sound', of imitative origin (compare with Dutch knak 'crack, snap').

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