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kneecap (plural kneecaps)
- (anatomy) The flat, roundish bone in the knee.
- (roofing) A metal cover trim that fits over a panel rib after it has been cut and bent.
- A cap or strong covering for the knees, used chiefly for horses, to protect their knees in case of a fall.
kneecap (third-person singular simple present kneecaps, present participle kneecapping, simple past and past participle kneecapped)
- (transitive) To destroy the knees of (a person), usually by shooting at the knees, as a punishment carried out by criminals or terrorists.
- 2020, Liam Kennedy, Who Was Responsible for the Troubles?, McGill-Queen's Press, →ISBN, page 109:
- The Sinn Féin press officer Richard McAuley freely admitted, “Back four or five years ago, people were getting kneecapped who should not have been kneecapped.”
- (transitive, figurative, by extension) To attack (someone) in a way that is excessively and needlessly damaging: To cut (someone) off at the knees.
- The literal sense of this term is considered a misnomer by medical professionals because only a very small minority of victims suffer damage to the kneecap.
to destroy the knees
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