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on bended knee

Submissively and with dramatic earnestness. We have to remain strong in the eyes of the world. We cannot beg on bended knee for help from our allies. Do what you like, but don't come to me on bended knee looking for help when things go wrong.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

on bended knee

kneeling, as in supplication. (The verb form is obsolescent and occurs now only in this phrase.) Do you expect me to come to you on bended knee and ask you for forgiveness? The suitors came on bended knee and begged the attention of the princess.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on bended knee

Humbly, pleading, as in They're desperate for funds; they're asking for contributions on bended knee. This expression alludes to a traditional attitude of supplication. Bended, the past tense of bend, survives only in this idiom, elsewhere having been replaced by bent. [Mid-1600s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

on bended knee

If someone asks for something on bended knee, they ask for it in a strong and urgent way, showing a lot of respect to the person they are asking. Film-makers are having to go on bended knee to funders. He begged them on bended knee to cross the river so that both armies could fight side by side. Note: You can also say that someone goes down on their knees to ask for something. He would be looking for co-operation, not charity. He would not be going down on his knees to beg.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

on bended knee

kneeling, especially when pleading or showing great respect.
Bended was the original past participle of bend , but in Middle English it was superseded in general use by bent . It is now archaic and survives only in this phrase.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

on bended ˈknee(s)

kneeling to ask for something or to pray: He went down on bended knee and asked her to marry him.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

on bended knee

On one's knee or knees, as in supplication or submission.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Thereupon Father Lourdel rushed to the Kabaka and on bended knees urged him to reconsider, saying, "God wants free service." In response, the Arabs accused the white man of wanting to take over the country.
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