to knuckle under

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - knuckle under

"to knuckle under"

to submit to;

to yield or unwillingly accept


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - knuckle under

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I refuse!

Colleague 2:  But the boss has demanded that you make the changes.

Colleague 1:  The changes the boss proposes are completely wrong and will not only negate all the hard work I have already put in but also cause major system trouble. I will not knuckle under.

Colleague 2:  If you don't acquiesce to the boss's demands, you will probably lose your job.

Colleague 1:  That's OK. I have my resume ready to go.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - knuckle under

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Are you coming over to watch the game tonight? It should be a good one.

Friend 2:  I would really like to but my wife has told me that we are going to visit her mother.

Friend 1:  Why do you always knuckle under to your wife's demands? Why don't you stand up for yourself?

Friend 2:  Have you met my wife? She is pretty fierce. I just find life so much easier if I just go along with whatever she says.

to knuckle under - Usage:


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to knuckle under - Gerund Form:

Knuckling under to unfair demands is not easy to do.

to knuckle under - Examples:

1)  The choice for Canada is not an easy one. We can either knuckle under, yet again, with a managed trade solution that continues to restrict our ...

2)  ... no-confidence motion against Leung to coerce him to resign, rather than forcing him to knuckle under to threatening measures.

3)  The reason was that Marcos was refusing to knuckle under to the plutocratic elite, refusing to allow his national policies to be dictated ...

4)  ... be very easy to give up. But like Willow, I refuse to knuckle under to pressure, back away from demands, or be deterred from my goal.

5)  ... to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you'll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.

6)  She hired lawyers to convince the one remaining director, who wouldn't knuckle under, to resign so that the corporation would not incur more legal fees.

7)  One has to suppose that Hazard will knuckle under once he gets the even-more enriching move to Paris he so manifestly desires.

8)  Finally the Sri Lankan airline official had to knuckle under like a beaten dog with his tail behind his hind legs.

9)  Various states have been crowing about finally getting Amazon to knuckle under and collect sales tax for them, ...

10)  ... seeking to initially put him in prison for life. He did not knuckle under and make a false confession to save his money or his skin.

11)  The industry knuckled under to that in the European Union, which quickly came back demanding they implement ...

12)  ... number of chips they used so as to avoid royalty payments, but ultimately it knuckled under, paying nearly US$1 billion in fines and re-jigging its license terms.

13)  He may also be insufficiently aware of how Hong Kong artists who have not knuckled under to the mainland authorities suffer from an invisible boycott by a wide range of ...

14)  ... not to privatise the country's infrastructure. But, in milquetoast fashion, he knuckled under.

15)  ... is almost the sole person in authority who has not knuckled under and let the investigation die.

16)  ... and the threat carried enough menace that it would be easy to see almost anybody knuckling under

17)  Some people said they understood the cancellation, others called it knuckling under to the extremist threat.

18)  With no sign of Russia knuckling under, the question becomes, how long can the sanctions and isolation continue.

19)  ... there is no safe level of artificial trans-fats, that's why they're "knuckling under" to the health concerns of their customers and getting rid of a harmful ...

20)  I was always trying to be free -- free of knuckling under to what somebody else told me to do