bring (someone) to his/her knees

idiom

Definition of bring (someone) to his/her knees

: to completely defeat or overwhelm (someone)
  • The general vowed he would bring the enemy to their knees.
often used figuratively
  • The increase in oil prices could bring the economy to its knees.

Word by Word Definitions

bring play
  1. : to convey, lead, carry, or cause to come along with one toward the place from which the action is being regarded

  2. : to cause to be, act, or move in a special way: such as

  3. : attract

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

her play
  1. : of or relating to her or herself especially as possessor, agent, or object of an action — compare 1she

  1. : objective case of she

knee play knees
  1. : a joint in the middle part of the human leg that is the articulation between the femur, tibia, and patella

  2. : the joint in the hind leg of a four-footed vertebrate that corresponds to the human knee

  3. : the carpal joint of the foreleg of a four-footed vertebrate

  1. : to strike with the knee

  2. : to bend the knee to


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