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knuckle under

Definition of knuckle under in English:

Submit to someone else’s authority.
Example sentences
  • The movie was a nasty, dark piece of work about needy characters knuckling under to their worst impulses.
  • Yet you've also seen some evidence of politicians knuckling under to the will of illegal alien advocacy groups.
  • If the Administration knuckles under now, its support will bleed away.
surrender, submit, capitulate, give in, give up, yield, give way, succumb, climb down, back down, quit, admit defeat, lay down one's arms, be defeated, be overcome, acquiesce, accede, accept, defer
informalthrow in the towel, raise the white flag, throw in the sponge
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