From Middle Low German knīpe.
knibe c (singular definite kniben, plural indefinite kniber)
- pinch, predicament, tight spot, difficulties
From Middle Low German knīpen. Compare German kneifen and Dutch knijpen.
knibe (imperative knib, infinitive at knibe, present tense kniber, past tense kneb, perfect tense er/har knebet)
- to pinch, to nib
- to squeeze
- (card games) to finesse