kneifen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German kneipen.

Verb[edit]

kneifen (class 1 strong, third-person singular simple present kneift, past tense kniff, past participle gekniffen, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive or intransitive) to pinch
  2. (intransitive) to chicken out; to back out; to shirk
    vor etwas kneifen — “to shirk something”

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