on bended knee
Humbly, pleading, as in They're desperate for funds; they're asking for contributions on bended knee. This expression alludes to a traditional attitude of supplication. Bended, the past tense of bend, survives only in this idiom, elsewhere having been replaced by bent. [Mid-1600s]
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It was a brick wall that we turned into the on-ramp of a highway.
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That his friend had withdrawn, was a pledge of his pacific wishes; and, with a lightened countenance, Louis rose from his knee.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
To drop on one knee and level his piece was the work of an instant, but unfortunately he snapped a dry twig in doing so.Hunting the Lions|R.M. Ballantyne
I drew back from the rim of Writing-On-the-Stone, that set of whispered phrases echoing in my ears.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Her left knee was supported on pillows, and the bed-clothes were raised away from it, for it could tolerate no weight whatever.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
With a low moan her head sunk upon the old man's knee, and she shook and trembled with violent emotion.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie