knuckle sandwich

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Noun[edit]

knuckle sandwich ‎(plural knuckle sandwiches)

  1. (slang) A punch to the face, especially to the mouth.
    • 1957, Jerome Chodorov and Joseph Fields, Anniversary Waltz: Comedy in Three Acts, ISBN 9780822200505, p. 20:
      OKKIE. (Raises his fist, kissing the knuckles menacingly—follows her to bottom of steps.) How would you like a knuckle sandwich?
    • 2002, Ira Berkow, "Sports of The Times: A Babe Ruth Myth Is Stirred Up Again," New York Times, 7 Apr. (retrieved 7 June 2009):
      Rather than an embrace, the Babe would most assuredly like to have given a knuckle sandwich to the executives of that candy corps. Or hit them over the head with his 42-ounce bat.