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bring x to its knees

bring x to its knees in Technology

To present a computer, operating system, piece of software, or algorithm with a load so extreme or pathological that it grinds to a halt. "To bring a MicroVAX to its knees, try twenty users running vi - or four running Emacs." Compare hog.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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