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knacker

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It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.
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English

Etymology

Old Norse hnak (saddle), hur (horse). Profession of saddle maker.

Old Irish an each (a horse), pronounced on ack, via an eachoir (a horse dealer), pronounced on ack-ower, anglicised to a knacker.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
knacker

Plural
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knacker ({{{1}}})
  1. One who makes knickknacks, toys, etc.
  2. One of two or more pieces of bone or wood held loosely between the fingers, and struck together by moving the hand; -- called also clapper.
  3. a harness maker.
  4. One who slaughters and (especially) renders worn-out livestock (especially horses) and sells their flesh, bones and hides.
    1933: After a few years even the whip loses its virtue, and the pony goes to the knacker. -- George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, Ch. XXII, pg. 117-118 (Harvest / Harcourt paperback edition).
  5. One who dismantles old ships, houses etc. and sells their components.
  6. (Ireland, UK, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) A member of the Travelling Community; gypsies.
  7. (Ireland, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A 'chav', 'skanger' or 'scobe'.

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Verb

Infinitive
to knacker

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to knacker (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To tire out, become exhausted
    Carrying that giant statue up those stairs knackered me out

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