go under the knife

Definition of go under the knife

informal

  1. :  have a medical operation :  have surgery I'm going under the knife tomorrow.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move on a course :  proceed — compare stop

    :  to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied :  leave, depart

    :  to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. :  the act or manner of going

    :  the height of fashion :  rage

    :  an often unexpected turn of affairs :  occurrence

  1. :  functioning properly :  being in good and ready condition

  1. :  a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

underplay
  1. :  in or into a position below or beneath something

    :  below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

    :  in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. :  below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

    :  subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate

knifeplay
  1. :  a cutting instrument consisting of a sharp blade fastened to a handle

    :  a weapon or tool resembling a knife

    :  a sharp cutting blade or tool in a machine

  1. :  to use a knife on

    :  to stab, slash, or wound with a knife

    :  to cut, mark, or spread with a knife


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