Posted by James Briggs on June 09, 2003
In Reply to: Put up your dukes... posted by S. Ryan on June 09, 2003
: Any ideas on the origin of "put up yer dukes," when advising someone to prepare to defend himself?
This is circuitous rhyming slang. Duke of Yorks = forks = slang for fingers. 18th century
See also - the meaning an dorigin of 'Put up your dukes'.