Definition of on one's knees in English:

on one's knees

phrase

  • 1In a kneeling position.

    • ‘When I came to my senses again, I was on my knees with JD kneeling beside me.’
    • ‘She said, ‘Get down on your knees and pray to God.’’
    • ‘The morning found me on my knees in front of the coal furnace trying to understand why the fire kept going out.’
    • ‘I was on my knees as I said these things, kneeling near the end of my bed with my hands joined in a vague approximation of a person praying.’
    • ‘If you have to get down on your knees, try kneeling on one knee and then switching to the other one every minute to minimize the pressure and disperse it.’
    1. 1.1 On the verge of collapse.
      ‘when they took over, the newspaper was on its knees’
      • ‘They say that one of the best times to invest in a blue chip firm is when the company is on its knees.’
      • ‘Self-catering has its good points but when you are on your knees with exhaustion and badly need to be spoiled, indulged and treated like a princess, it's hard to remember exactly what they are.’
      • ‘They have a tremendous manager in Blackwell, who has admitted that he would not have had a sniff of the job if the club had not been on their knees.’
      • ‘At a time when most of the global economy is on its knees, Chinese exports have rocketed by 20% so far this year.’