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knees-up

[neez-uhp] /ˈnizˌʌp/
noun, British Informal.
1.
a party or lively gathering, usually including dancing.
Origin
by ellipsis from Knees up, Mother Brown a popular dance, originally a song with the same title (1939)
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British Dictionary definitions for knees-up

knees-up

noun (pl) knees-ups
1.
a boisterous dance involving the raising of alternate knees
2.
a lively noisy party or celebration, esp one with dancing
Word Origin
C20: from the song "Knees up Mother Brown" to which the dance is performed
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