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Knock Under (To)


Johnson says this expression arose from a custom once common of knocking under the table when any guest wished to acknowledge himself beaten in argument. Another derivation is knuckle underi.e. to knuckle or bend the knuckle or knee in proof of submission. Bellenden Kerr says it is Te nôʹck ander, which he interprets “I am forced to yield.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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