- 1The joint between the thigh and the lower leg in humans.More example sentences
- He will be out for the season after having an operation on his knee to repair cruciate ligaments.
- He rested on the floor on his hands and knees complaining of severe abdominal pain.
- For instance, be sure you can extend and flex your injured knee as fully as the other one.
- 1.1The corresponding or analogous joint in other animals.More example sentences
- There is yet a further problem for the evolutionist in that the human knee is distinctly different from animal knees.
- The downward-curving bill of the bird, the small head, and the swollen knees are all accurate depictions of a wader.
- The elephant went on to its knees and tried to roll on top of Fay, repeatedly trying to stab him with her tusks.
- 1.2The upper surface of someone’s thigh when sitting; a person’s lap: they were eating their supper on their kneesMore example sentences
- The last time I saw Donald was in Labour's Scottish HQ with his constituency secretary, a pile of local constituency correspondence on his knee.
- I can't bear eating off my knees. I need a table.
- His eyes continually glanced from the girl sitting opposite him to a notebook that lay on his knees.
- 1.3The part of a garment covering the knee.More example sentences
- I fell twice on the way home, soaking my mittens and the knees of my leggings.
- On the evening of her disappearance, she was wearing a pink sleeveless top, blue jeans with holes in the knees, a khaki duffel coat and black trainers.
- Faulkner wore jeans faded at the knees, a broad hat, and photochromic sunglasses.
- 1.4An angled piece of wood or metal frame used to connect and support the beams and timbers of a wooden vessel; a triangular plate serving the same purpose in a modern vessel.More example sentences
- The deck and hull are through bolted on an inward flange and structural knees and bulkheads are securely attached.
- About half way down the keel, tucked between the knees of the ship was a low crate.
verb (knees, kneeing, kneed)[with object] Back to top
- Hit (someone) with one’s knee: she kneed him in the groinMore example sentences
- But eyewitnesses had earlier told the court how the youth had set upon Mr Worrell, kneeing him in the face before deliberately stabbing him in the chest.
- He is accused of throwing the 37-year-old saleswoman against a wall, kneeing her in the head and striking her head on the ground.
- And not having slept on my own for more than three weeks, I now can't seem to drop off without someone next to me hogging the duvet and kneeing me in the back.
at one's mother's (or father's) knee
- At an early age.More example sentences
- The shop was staffed initially by her five children, who all learned the business and a service mentality at their mother's knee.
- I remember listening to his distinctive, gravelly voice as a child at my father's knee.
- But Alessi did not learn his trade at his mother's knee in Malta (although he fondly remembers the fabulous Maltese speciality, cheesecake-like pies called pastizzi).
bend (or bow) the (or one's) knee
- Submit: a country no longer willing to bend its knee to foreign powersMore example sentences
- All three, and countless other journalists throughout the world, have one thing in common: they refused to bow the knee, in the face of naked threats and aggression.
- Let yesterday prove that Londoners and Britons of all faiths and backgrounds can still see clearly who their enemies are, and refuse to bow the knee.
- And they despise the Good Friday agreement, which they see as bowing the knee to terrorism.
bring someone/something to their/its knees
- Reduce someone or something to a state of weakness or submission.More example sentences
- The fish-farming industry was brought to its knees by some report saying that eating farmed salmon can kill you.
- Such a government could be brought to its knees within months.
- This is the man who brought our industry to its knees with his third report.
fall (or drop, sink, etc.) to one's knees
- Assume a kneeling position.More example sentences
- Catholics in Pope John Paul II's hometown fell to their knees and wept as the news of his death reached them last night at the end of a special mass.
- And at Santo Domingo airport, relatives of passengers aboard the plane sobbed and fell to their knees in grief.
- I fell to my knees and started to cry again.
on bended knee(s)
- Kneeling, especially when pleading or showing great respect: did he propose on bended knee?More example sentences
- After asking her father Graham's permission, he got down on bended knee at the top of the Eiffel Tower and presented her with a diamond engagement ring.
- Before the start of the race yesterday afternoon he went down on bended knee and - witnessed by hundreds of punters - asked Wendy to spend the rest of her life with him.
- I begged him on bended knee to give me a job, although he kept saying he couldn't afford to employ anyone.
on one's knees
- In a kneeling position.More example sentences
- If you have to get down on your knees, try kneeling on one knee and then switching to the other one every minute to minimize the pressure and disperse it.
- I was on my knees as I said these things, kneeling near the end of my bed with my hands joined in a vague approximation of a person praying.
- When I came to my senses again, I was on my knees with JD kneeling beside me.
- On the verge of collapse: when they took over, the newspaper was on its kneesMore example sentences
- Self-catering has its good points but when you are on your knees with exhaustion and badly need to be spoiled, indulged and treated like a princess, it's hard to remember exactly what they are.
- They say that one of the best times to invest in a blue chip firm is when the company is on its knees.
- At a time when most of the global economy is on its knees, Chinese exports have rocketed by 20% so far this year.
weak at the knees
- Overcome by a strong feeling, typically desire.More example sentences
- His sun-kissed skin and stubble make the iciest of women weak at the knees.
- Of course, I never met the lady in person - an experience that could apparently make strong men go weak at the knees.
- Almost every foodie I have ever met goes weak at the knees at the mere mention of white truffles.
Old English cnēow, cnēo, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch knie and German Knie, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin genu and Greek gonu.
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