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weak-kneed

[week-need]
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adjective
  1. yielding readily to opposition, pressure, intimidation, etc.
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Origin of weak-kneed

First recorded in 1860–65
Related formsweak-kneed·ly, adverbweak-kneed·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for weak-kneed

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  • The sheep were to be washed and sheared, too, and the awkward, weak-kneed calves to be fed.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Mrs. Calvert's good nature was not the good nature of the faint-hearted or weak-kneed.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • It was Drury Boldin, weak-kneed and putty-faced, who went hunting now.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • Up until she'd slapped me, I'd been weak-kneed and dry-mouthed with what I had to do.

    Lone Star Planet

    Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire

  • If he is weak-kneed in a crisis, his followers will be weak-kneed.


British Dictionary definitions for weak-kneed

weak-kneed

adjective
  1. informal yielding readily to force, persuasion, intimidation, etc
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Derived Formsweak-kneedly, adverbweak-kneedness, noun
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