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Strictly British

keen
Enthusiastic; keen as in hankering to get on with something.

kerfuffle
A commotion or fuss.

kidney
See steak and kidney pie.

kip
Sleep. Derived from kip-house, which is a small, cheap lodging or hostel.

kipper
A salt-cured dried fish (usually a herring), sometimes served for breakfast in parts of the U.K.

knickerbocker glory
An ice cream dessert (a sundae) served in a tall glass, and consisting of layers of chopped fruit and ice cream in layers, with whipped cream on top. The dessert is eaten with a thin, long-handled spoon. It's possible that 'Knickerbocker' refers to the shape of the glass, which looks rather like the leg of a pair of knickerbockers.

knickerbockers
Loose-fitting pants gathered at the knee or calf. Knickerbocker was a nickname for the early Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam (present day New York), who used to wear these fairly racy trousers. Related: New York Knicks, knickers. See also plus-fours.

knickers
Female undergarments; panties.

Knight Bus
Play on words: "Night Bus," buses which run in London during the night. See full essay. Also suggests the concept of "knight in shining armour" coming to the rescue of a person in need, in this case a stranded witch or wizard.

knobbly
Bumpy.

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