knee-deep

[nee-deep]
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adjective

reaching the knees: knee-deep mud.
submerged or covered up to the knees: knee-deep in water.
deeply embroiled; enmeshed; involved: knee-deep in trouble.

Nearby words

  1. knee rafter,
  2. knee reflex,
  3. knee spavin,
  4. knee-capping,
  5. knee-chest position,
  6. knee-elbow position,
  7. knee-high,
  8. knee-high to a grasshopper,
  9. knee-jerk,
  10. knee-jerk reflex

Origin of knee-deep

First recorded in 1525–35

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British Dictionary definitions for knee-deep

knee-deep

adjective

so deep as to reach or cover the kneesknee-deep mud
(postpositive often foll by in)
  1. sunk or covered to the kneesknee-deep in sand
  2. immersed; deeply involvedknee-deep in work
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Word Origin and History for knee-deep

knee-deep

adj.

1530s, from knee (n.) + deep (adj.).

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