Idiom:  bring someone to their knees

Meaning

Idiom:  bring someone to their knees

  1. to defeat or stop someone
  2. to make someone submit or be in a position of subservience

Example sentences

  • A heart attack will bring a workaholic to their knees.
  • You better stop drinking and driving or an accident or arrest will bring you to your knees!
  • Today we've witnessed a 15-year old girl bring a top 10 veteran tennis player to her knees.
  • My roommate's such a big, strong guy but his new girlfriend has brought him to his knees.
  • It was disease that brought indigenous populations to their knees not defeat on the battle field.
  • Some parents send their kids to military academies to try to bring them to their knees and respect authority.
  • We're looking forward to the football game Saturday. Our new defensive line is going to bring the other team to their knees.
  • The government's latest regulatory policies are bringing the stock market to its knees.
  • New allegations against the CEO are bringing the company to its knees.
  • The police strike in Brazil has brought the country to its knees as people are afraid to leave their homes.
  • A tiny mosquito carrying malaria will bring the healthiest person to their knees.
  • On the third day of the cruise, the norovirus brought the entire cruise ship—passengers and crew alike—to their knees.

Synonyms

  • get the best/better of someone
  • knock out
  • blow away
  • kick (someone's) ass [informal, slang]
  • to make someone bow down

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