learn (something) at one's mother's knee

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of learn (something) at one's mother's knee

: to learn (something) when one is very young
  • I learned to speak French at my mother's knee.

Word by Word Definitions

learn play
  1. : to gain knowledge or understanding of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience

  2. : memorize

  3. : to come to be able

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

knee play
  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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