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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The victim of a knee-capping armed himself with a wooden baton after death threats.
His managerial career started with a 9-0 defeat, and he has had to deal with threats of knee-capping, a car crash that killed a close friend, taunts of 'Judas', and a dawn raid by the fraud squad.
His killing was one of four attacks on Friday including a knee-capping and two fire-bombings which are bound to put new strains on the peace process.
My friend Lyn Faulds Wood was threatened with knee-capping when she confronted Barrowlands traders flogging pirate DVDs.
Men are hitting women now as opposed to doing a knee-capping," she said.