Translation of knuckle in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˈnʌkəl/


  • 1.1 (finger joint) nudillo (m) to be near the knuckle (BrE) [colloquial/familiar] pasarse de castaño oscuro [familiar/colloquial] to give sb a rap o to rap sb on o (esp BrE) over the knuckles (rebuke) llamarle la atención a algn, echarle un rapapolvo a algn (Esp) [familiar/colloquial], darle* un café a algn (RPl) [familiar/colloquial] (lit: hit) darle* en los nudillos a algn
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    • Brian rubbed his thumb back and forth over my index finger knuckle, tickling me a little bit.
    • Raising his right hand, he laid the knuckle of his index finger against his chin.
    • Today there's only a miniscule red patch next to the knuckle of my ring finger which isn't even sore.
    1.2 (of pork) codillo (m); (of veal) morcillo (m), jarrete (m)
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    • Her recipe for an olio required ‘a fowl, a couple of partridges, a piece of a leg of mutton, a knuckle of veal, and a few rump steaks; also a piece of good streaked bacon or ham’.
    • There are also culinary records indicating its use for pickled pigs feet, breaded veal knuckles, and sweet breads.
    • I'm still not sure what ‘capilutes of lamb’ are, but can vouch for the pork knuckle which one of my companions ordered.
    (AmE) brass knuckles

Phrasal verbs

knuckle down

v + adv
ponerse* a trabajar en serioto knuckle down to sth you'd better knuckle down to some hard work va a ser mejor que te pongas a trabajar en serio

knuckle under

v + adv
ceder*, pasar por el aroto knuckle under to sth she finally knuckled under to the pressure/our demands finalmente cedió a la presión/accedió a lo que exigíamos

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