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kneel before (someone or something)

1. Literally, to go down on one or both of one's knees in front of someone or something, a gesture of obedience, subservience, loyalty, or respect. The knight knelt before the king. Several people were kneeling before the shrine in prayer.
2. To obey, pledge allegiance to, or submit one's will to someone, especially in a reverential or servile manner. Usually followed by "to" or "before." The megalomaniac wished to make the whole world kneel before her. The rebel group made it clear that it would never kneel before the empire.
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kneel down

1. Literally, to go down on one or both of one's knees in front of someone or something, a gesture of obedience, subservience, loyalty, or respect. The knight knelt down in the presence of the king. Several people were kneeling down in prayer when I entered the church.
2. To be in a position of weakness, subservience, or vulnerability. If they think that their economic sanctions can make our country kneel down, then they've got another think coming!
See also: down, kneel

kneel down before (someone or something)

To show devotion, loyalty, or subservience to someone or something. A reference to the act of physically kneeling in front of someone or something, a sign of such loyalty and subservience. The monarch wants the entire continent to kneel before him. This protest is to show the government that we will never kneel before it. Everyone complains about their loss of privacy while simultaneously kneeling before the altar of technology and social media.
See also: before, down, kneel
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

kneel down

to get down on one's knees. Please kneel down and fold your hands. You should at least kneel down and be quiet.
See also: down, kneel

kneel down (before someone or something)

to show respect by getting down on one's knees in the presence of someone or something. We were told to kneel down in front of the altar. Kneel down when the queen enters!
See also: down, kneel
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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