One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Inflammation of the fluid-filled cavity covering the kneecap, often due to excessive kneeling; bursitis.
- ‘Furthermore, they would foster a host of new problems: housemaid's knee, malnutrition and an explosion in all the manifold ailments that smoking is known to cause.’
- ‘A self-cleaning oven costs considerably more than an ordinary one - €1, 249 as opposed to €599 in the Neff range - but what price cleanliness and an end to housemaid's knee?’
- ‘I will have to try and address the balance before he gets housemaid's knee!’
- ‘Tennis elbow and housemaid's knee were associated with women.’
housemaid's knee/ˌhousmādz ˈnē/
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