knees-up

knees-up

[neez-uhp]
noun British Informal.
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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knees-up
 
n , pl knees-ups
1.  a boisterous dance involving the raising of alternate knees
2.  a lively noisy party or celebration, esp one with dancing
 
[C20: from the song "Knees up Mother Brown" to which the dance is performed]

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