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Definition of weak-kneed in English:

adjective

1Weak and shaky as a result of fear or excitement: she still felt weak-kneed whenever he came towards her
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  • His eyes met mine and I felt curiously light-headed and weak-kneed. I tore my eyes away with an effort, trying not to think about him.
  • It wasn't exertion that left him weak-kneed and trembling, but rather the gut-wrenching horror of Joe's scream and his pleas for mercy.
  • Exercise seemed to help the nausea, although I was weak-kneed with hunger, cold, and probably fear.
1.1Lacking in resolve or courage; cowardly: no one could say that our news programmes have been weak-kneed in their coverage the other two, a couple of weak-kneed cowards, had run off
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  • Despite past criticism for being weak-kneed and soft on dictators, the ex-President has advocated persevering in negotiations even with those nations Washington views as hostile.
  • To put this another way, the instinctive worry about such things as patenting the gene pool or privatizing the air does not come solely from nostalgia or a weak-kneed fear of change.
  • Cardiff's weak-kneed Liberals are trembling in case anyone finds out.

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