n pl
fists. This has been part of the jargon of streetfighters and pugilists since the turn of the 20th century. It originates either in the rhyming slang Duke of York: fork, i.e. a hand or finger, or from a Romany word meaning palm or hand. The word is most commonly heard in the challenge 'put up your dukes' or the phrase duke it out (to engage in a fist-fight).

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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