: lacking willpower or resolution

Examples of weak-kneed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web DeSantis increasingly looks like an amalgam of Trump’s last GOP rivals for the presidency, particularly the sweaty Marco Rubio and the oily Ted Cruz: too conventional and weak-kneed to punch back when they’re bullied. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 23 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of weak-kneed was in 1863

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“Weak-kneed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weak-kneed. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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