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knees-up

[ neez-uhp ]

noun

, British Informal.
  1. a party or lively gathering, usually including dancing.


knees-up

noun

  1. a boisterous dance involving the raising of alternate knees
  2. a lively noisy party or celebration, esp one with dancing


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Word History and Origins

Origin of knees-up1

By ellipsis from Knees up, Mother Brown a popular dance, originally a song with the same title (1939)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of knees-up1

C20: from the song "Knees up Mother Brown" to which the dance is performed

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Example Sentences

They leaped into the ditches in front of the breastworks, and climbed on their hands and knees up the steep embankments.

In this bag the Nascopi thrusts his legs, draws his knees up to his chin, and defies both wind and snow.

You cant, said Winona, sitting down on the grass and drawing her knees up to her chin.

She covered her shoulders with the rushes and drew her knees up to her chin.

I was quite white and stiff from my knees up, but below I was wavery.

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