on bended knee


: in a kneeling position : in the position of someone who is kneeling on one knee
He proposed to her on bended knee.
sometimes used figuratively to indicate supplication
He was forced to ask for their help on bended knee.

Examples of on bended knee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Biden’s emissaries have fanned out on bended knee to apologize for his support for Israel. Jeff Robbins, Orange County Register, 15 Feb. 2024 And yet the earth is blunder and obtuseness— no swaying it, even on bended knee: its rotting flute gives sharpness to the hearing, its morning clarinet harrows the ear. Merve Emre, The New York Review of Books, 13 Feb. 2024 The price of eggs has risen 40% in a year, prompting complaints on social media and one meme in which a man on bended knee offers his beloved a box of eggs instead of a ring. Tim Lister, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 With dad still on bended knee, and mom gasping in excitement, the smiling toddler inched closer and closer to the camera. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 10 Jan. 2024 In Thank You for Your Servitude, which for my money is the only truly interesting book about the Trump presidency, author Mark Leibovich goes into harrowing detail about how the modern GOP readily turned itself into a gaggle of mendicants to serve Trump on bended knee. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 29 Apr. 2023 Freedom of speech and equal justice under the law are not rare favors that require our pleading and begging on bended knee. WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 The exceptions—a weeping woman on bended knee, whose face was being frantically licked by a small dog with a Union Jack bandana around its neck that yelped in poignant affection—were notable. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2022 Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, literally begged Nancy Pelosi, on bended knee, no less, to make Main Street bail out Wall Street. Laurence Kotlikoff, Forbes, 11 July 2022

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“On bended knee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20bended%20knee. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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