knee-deep

adjective
\ ˈnē-ˈdēp How to pronounce knee-deep (audio) \

Definition of knee-deep

1a : sunk to the knees knee-deep in mud
b : deeply engaged or occupied knee-deep in work
2 : knee-high

First Known Use of knee-deep

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of knee-deep was in the 15th century

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“Knee-deep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knee-deep. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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