Definition of knees-up in US English:



  • A lively party or gathering.

    ‘we had a bit of a knees-up last night’
    • ‘Whether you are throwing a grand soirée or a small knees-up in your front room, there is nothing worse than being at a party lit like a police station.’
    • ‘Our hero's flight across the world culminates in a North Pole knees-up.’
    • ‘The uninitiated could be forgiven for imagining that the tradition of heading to a holiday camp for a summer knees-up was in terminal decline.’
    • ‘Manchester United's Christmas knees-up turned into a real bash as scuffles threatened to dampen the party atmosphere.’
    • ‘I love entertaining, and would rather have a dinner party than a knees-up any day!’
    • ‘The pair will celebrate the day with a good knees-up at the Royal British Legion in Stratton with friends and family.’
    • ‘They all met up for a huge knees-up at her Fulford home, where Carol's band played in the front room.’
    • ‘We are merely enjoying a good knees-up in the middle of winter in the way that people have done for centuries.’
    • ‘Are you planning a right Royal knees-up for the Queen's Jubilee?’
    • ‘The good old-fashioned knees-up included tables and chairs set out along Barlby Crescent, a barbecue, music, a live singer, dancing and fireworks.’
    • ‘Manchester said goodbye to the Commonwealth Games the way it knows best - with the biggest knees-up this fun-loving city has ever seen.’
    • ‘One of the many events held last week to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee was a knees-up organised by Bedford Community Retirement Group.’
    • ‘There was quite a knees-up on Saturday night, when Nancy and Paddy Hughes celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary in style!’
    • ‘Apparently he had to be dragged out of his hotel room to join the knees-up.’
    • ‘We tried to get a comment from the group - but they were all out letting the Christmas spirit flow at their Yuletide knees-up.’
    • ‘The end of the school year was celebrated by students from the school with a posh knees-up at a York hotel on Friday.’
    • ‘Big smiles greeted taxi drivers who took 70 disabled youngsters to a knees-up in London.’
    • ‘Selby is planning to say ‘thanks-a-million’ to the people who saved the town from severe flooding with a special thanksgiving service and an old-fashioned knees-up.’
    • ‘Gone are the days when all employees expected at this time of the year is a good knees-up.’
    • ‘During the Silver Jubilee, Britain was awash with red, white and blue and York made sure it didn't miss out on the knees-up.’
    social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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/ˈni ˌzəp//ˈnē ˌzəp/