bring (someone or something) to (someone's or something's) knees

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bring (someone or something) to (someone's or something's) knees

1. To render a person or group submissive by weakening or defeating them. The general believes that such an attack will bring the opposing troops to their knees.
2. To disrupt or halt a process or thing. Unfortunately, a broken printer has brought the mailing project to its knees. Many fear that all of these new regulations will bring the stock market to its knees.
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bring to one's knees

Make one submit; reduce to a position of subservience. For example, Solitary confinement usually brings prisoners to their knees. This particular phrase dates only from the late 1800s, although there were earlier versions alluding to being on one's knees as a gesture of submission.
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bring someone to their knees

If something brings a person to their knees, it makes them extremely weak or tired. The pressure of other people's expectations brought me almost to my knees. Note: You can also say that someone is on their knees. Several times this afternoon he had sounded as if he were on his knees.
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bring something to its knees

COMMON If something brings a country or organization to its knees, it damages or destroys them. The country was brought to its knees after a wave of strikes. Uncontrolled lending brought the economy to its knees. Note: You can also say that a country or organization is on its knees. The Government was on its knees.
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bring someone or something to their knees

reduce someone or something to a state of weakness or submission.
1997 Sunday Times Doom and gloom merchants everywhere are predicting all kinds of plagues befalling the world's computer systems anytime now, bringing business to its knees.

bring somebody to their ˈknees

show somebody that they are weak; defeat somebody, especially in a war
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bring something to its ˈknees

badly affect an organization, etc. so that it can no longer function: The strikes brought the industry to its knees.
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bring to (one's) knees

To reduce to a position of subservience or submission.
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Mr Gummer was a fervent general in the Thatcher machine which waged a ruthless unrelenting war on our city and almost brought us to our knees. Capitalism is the single biggest threat to our survival on this planet and Mr Gummer was elevated to the House of Lords for his services to capitalism, a system which is quickly dragging us towards human extinction.
It signals our decline in democratic standards and values and confirms us as a fragile state for the foreseeable future.It also confirms that despite the blood, sweat and tears that got us a new Constitution in 2010 (which those in power actively opposed), we are still not out of the Moism that almost brought us to our knees economically and figuratively in 24 years.
However, as with most single-parent households, poverty soon brought us to our knees. Before I knew it, we were back at his house.
That's when I said at the age of 45 or something, 'come on, the predecessor of the euro brought us to our knees - what are we doing trying to get in to the euro?' "At that time a lot of Britain was pro-euro.
That's when I said 'come on, the predecessor of the euro brought us to our knees.
and brought to our Cheryl Duffy, owner of the company, said outside court: "Over an 18-month period, he took money from us and almost brought us to our knees.
It brought us to our knees. It threatened our viability as a nation-state.
"The crisis brought us to our knees but we need to say a loud 'no' to fascism like we did in '74," said Vangelis Georgountzos, 59, referring to the student uprising that led to the overthrow of Greece's then-ruling military junta.
THE banks have brought us to our knees, yet now they want to charge us to have an account.
Never a word of criticism or comment about the disastrous reign of Blair and Brown which brought us to our knees and caused so much damage to our country.
We have been witness to the deadly spill-over effect of the war in Afghanistan that has virtually brought us to our knees in terms of our economy and security.
Writer Jeff Pope said: "For obvious reasons, Sir David has been nervous of playing Cockney characters, but I think he felt the chance to say something about the kind of reckless reliance on credit that has almost brought us to our knees was too good to miss."
A few had been hosed down by police decades ago, and the force of that water reminds them of resistance, those clubbing shots, the shoves that pushed us down to the ground or brought us to our knees to pray.
The nation needs a lift but you want to keep the man who brought us to our knees, in place?
And not content with having their own government full of Scotsmen in Edinburgh, the Scots have imposed a government full of Scotsmen in Westminster, too, that has brought us to our knees.