go under the knife

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go under the knife

To undergo surgery. My dad is going under the knife on Thursday to try and clear the blockage in his heart.
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go under the knife

Fig. to submit to surgery; to have surgery done on oneself. She goes under the knife tomorrow for her gallbladder. Frank lives in constant fear of having to go under the knife.
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go (or be) under the knife

have surgery. informal
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go under the ˈknife

(informal) have a medical operation: Peter hates his nose so much that he’s seriously considering going under the knife to have it made smaller.
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London, Sept 2 (ANI): A study has found that most women, who have cosmetic surgery, refuse to believe that it is vanity that motivates them to go under the knife.
The former Italy striker, who underwent surgery on the same right knee last year, missed last night's Serie A match against Milan and could now go under the knife again.
JIM JEFFERIES has been given a boost with the news keeper Alan Combe may not have to go under the knife again following his close-season surgery.
The 28-year-old Gloucester tighthead, who joins Jonny Wilkinson and Lewis Moody on the sidelines, must undergo surgery for the second time in under 18 months and will be out of action for 12 weeks after a decision was taken for him to go under the knife this Friday in an attempt to rectify a bulging disc.
Lennon has played through the pain barrier since the new year and will go under the knife after the Scottish Cup Final against Rangers on May 4.
Wendi Dahlin of Huntington Beach said she has nothing against women who go under the knife, but it's probably not for her.
Some reality TV shows tout happiness as just a nip/tuck away - and teens fond of these kinds of programs are more likely to join the millions who go under the knife each year, says Charlotte Markey, a Rutgers-Camden psychologist.
You don't need to go under the knife to turn back the clock.
He was being accompanied to England yesterday by club doctor Paul Jackson to go under the knife for a hernia operation.
And, according to biographer Ian Halperin, the 'Thriller' hitmaker, who has had various cosmetic surgery procedures in the past, wants to go under the knife once again.
He will go under the knife again, this time to deal with his left knee, in the coming weeks in a bid to cure a problem which has blighted his career for his club and for England.
More and More kids are willing to go under the knife to look like their favourite celebs.
An over-the-counter remedy claims to be a Godsend for flat-chested ladies afraid to go under the knife.
Meanwhile, Pars defender Greg Ross will today go under the knife on his knee injury and could be out of action for up to six months.
EVERTON striker James Vaughan is facing a spell on the sidelines - following the news that he will have to go under the knife to sort out his long-running knee problem.