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go under the knife

slang 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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BLACKBURN defender Lorenzo Amoruso claims he carried his knee injury for months before going under the knife -and that is why his form slumped.
I can't foresee myself ever going under the knife, but then again, I'm only in my mid-thirties," she said.
Hopefully, I'll be told it just needs more rest and that I won't have to go down the road of going under the knife.
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KILMARNOCK have been boosted by the return of Momo Sylla and David Lilley from injury - but Allan "Magic" Johnston is set to play his last game this season before going under the knife.
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