Knacker meaning

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A person who buys worn-out or old livestock and slaughters them to sell the meat or hides.
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A person who buys and slaughters worn-out horses and sells their flesh as dog's meat, etc.
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A person who buys and wrecks old houses, etc. and sells their materials.
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(Ireland, UK, offensive) A member of the Travelling Community; a Gypsy.
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A person who buys discarded structures and dismantles them to sell the materials.
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One who makes knickknacks, toys, etc.

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One of two or more pieces of bone or wood held loosely between the fingers, and struck together by moving the hand; a clapper.

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A harness maker.
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One who slaughters and (especially) renders worn-out livestock (especially horses) and sells their flesh, bones and hides.
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One who dismantles old ships, houses etc., and sells their components.
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(Ireland, offensive, slang) A person of lower social class; a chav, skanger or scobe.
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To tire out, become exhausted.

Carrying that giant statue up those stairs knackered me out.

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Origin of knacker

  • Probably of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old Norse hnak (“saddle”), hur (“horse”) − the profession of saddlemaker.

    From Wiktionary