Kneecapping

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Kneecapping

Informal; the act of stopping a trend. The term is highly derogatory. For example, an analyst may accuse a government of kneecapping GDP growth by adopting a certain policy.
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Yes, there is continued violence, bigotry, knee-capping and murder.
They include the murder of Belfast taxi-driver Charlie Bennett in August this year, many "knee-capping" operations, and the August "expulsion orders" on several teenage Catholic youths judged guilty of antisocial activities within the community.
As he recovered in hospital John, the oldest person to suffer a knee-capping in Ulster, said masked gunmen broke into his high- rise flat.
THE family of a teenager allegedly made to carry guns used in a dissident republican knee-capping have been intimidated from their home, the High Court heard yesterday.