Definition of on bended knee(s) in US English:

on bended knee(s)


  • Kneeling, especially when pleading or showing great respect.

    ‘did he propose on bended knee?’
    • ‘I begged him on bended knee to give me a job, although he kept saying he couldn't afford to employ anyone.’
    • ‘Before the start of the race yesterday afternoon he went down on bended knee and - witnessed by hundreds of punters - asked Wendy to spend the rest of her life with him.’
    • ‘After asking her father Graham's permission, he got down on bended knee at the top of the Eiffel Tower and presented her with a diamond engagement ring.’
    • ‘Those responsible should be begging for forgiveness on bended knees instead of behaving in this way.’