[Ads-l] to kneecap
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Thu Jun 7 15:36:36 EDT 2018
Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/kneecap <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/kneecap>), Dictionary.com <http://dictionary.com/> (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/kneecap?s=ts <http://www.dictionary.com/browse/kneecap?s=ts>) and the English OLD (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/kneecap <https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/kneecap>) all have kneecap as a verb meaning to injure the kneecap. Both Dictionary.com <http://dictionary.com/> and the OLD insist this is by shooting.
Ironically, the only examples on the Dictionary.com <http://dictionary.com/> page of the verb are illustrations of a different meaning:
At the same time, Tea Partyers are fending off Republican attempts to “kneecap” the movement as a whole, says Carender.
(With Incumbents To Protect, The Tea Party Is Now Playing Defense <http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/20/with-incumbents-to-protect-the-tea-party-is-now-playing-defense.html?source=dictionary>)
You cannot kneecap a statistic, though you can sometimes make it limp.
(How Long, How Long Did We Sing that Song? <http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/06/16/colum-mccann-on-bloody-sunday-and-bloomsday.html?source=dictionary>)
The internet is, of course, filled with examples of the verb “kneecap” having a figurative meaning.
Speaker Paul Ryan also kneecapped Trump on his assertions that he could pardon himself in the event he is criminally charged as part of the Mueller investigation.
It is not an easy task when funding has been kneecapped.
I knew nothing. I was kneecapped on Friday morning
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