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[week-need] /ˈwikˈnid/
yielding readily to opposition, pressure, intimidation, etc.
Origin of weak-kneed
Related forms
weak-kneedly, adverb
weak-kneedness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for weak-kneed
  • Even large companies have proved surprisingly weak-kneed.
  • It is not foolish or weak-kneed to worry about what will come next.
  • weak-kneed looks aside, oversize wheels with low-profile tyres can present serious handling problems, especially on wet roads.
  • Since he is prosecuting it seriously, hardly anyone accuses him of being weak-kneed.
  • Things will likely improve some during the day, but it will not be one of those trading sessions for the weak-kneed.
  • No weak-kneed stagger as she tried to make it to an empty chair.
  • The sight of anything even remotely illness-related--needles, bandages, rice pudding with raisins--makes me instantly weak-kneed.
  • Parenting is not for the weak-kneed or faint of heart.
British Dictionary definitions for weak-kneed


(informal) yielding readily to force, persuasion, intimidation, etc
Derived Forms
weak-kneedly, adverb
weak-kneedness, noun
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