weak at the knees

weak at the knees

1. Literally, in danger of collapsing because one's knees may buckle, due to faintness brought on by a strong emotion, exhaustion, etc. Hearing the news of my father's sudden death, I went weak at the knees and could barely remain standing.
2. By extension, affected by a strong emotional reaction to someone or something. In this usage, the reaction is usually positive and associated with romance. Just thinking about Samantha makes me feel weak at the knees.
See also: knee, weak

weak at the knees

overcome by a strong emotion.
See also: knee, weak
References in classic literature ?
Jurgis turned white, and so weak at the knees that he could hardly leave his cell.
A movie source said: "When Lucy's around, Henry goes weak at the knees, like Superman has had a dose of kryptonite.
Still in his teens, the youngster who was to become the King of Rock 'n' Roll already had the famous smoulder that would send millions of girls around the world weak at the knees.
Hanging on to America's coat tails, however, or going weak at the knees over the relationship is not for us.
Yes, human babies are nice, but there's nothing like a baby animal to make us go weak at the knees.
There is something about bad men in prison that makes some women weak at the knees.
for the wings of a dove" Just give me the breast of a chicken He can stuff the wings of his dove But his manner was so beguiling I'm left just weak at the knees When he plays that lilt on the piano Makes me all 'thank you' and 'please' His repertoire's quite exquisite Mind you
My wife certainly wouldn't go weak at the knees if I came home in a sodden shirt"- Actor Colin Firth on his famous scene in Pride And Prejudice.
My wife certainly wouldn't go weak at the knees if I came home in a sodden shirt" - Actor Colin Firth on his famous scene in Pride And Prejudice.
The mum-of-two, who now weighs 28 stone, says that just the sight of a bakery makes her weak at the knees and out of breath.
Miranda (BBC One, tomorrow, 9pm) | CARDIFF-BORN actor Tom Ellis has always had the power to make grown women go weak at the knees.
HUNK: Debbie can'to go weak at the knees over Robert Pattinson was such a success that Debbie is planning a second sequel - and a stage musical.
PIERS MORGAN'S LIFE STORIES: BURT REYNOLDS ITV1, 9pm He was once the biggest movie star in the world, a hirsute hunk whose million-dollar grin and trademark 'tache left women the world over weak at the knees.
Slowly affecting his lower torso, the medicine left him completely weak at the knees, literally.
he's got those smouldering good looks nailed and seemingly can make a woman go weak at the knees with a flick of the hair and a quick rearrangement of his shirt's collar.