- a person who buys and slaughters worn-out horses and sells their flesh as dog's meat, etc.
- a person who buys and wrecks old houses, etc. and sells their materials
Origin: Early ModE, harness maker < ON hnakker, saddle, neck, akin to OE hnecca, neck
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noun Chiefly British
- A person who buys worn-out or old livestock and slaughters them to sell the meat or hides.
- A person who buys discarded structures and dismantles them to sell the materials.
Origin: Probably of Scandinavian origin.
- knackˈer·y noun