left, right
bony, knobbly, knobby (esp. AmE)

I rested my chin on my drawn-up knees.

arthritic, bad, bum (AmE, informal), dodgy (BrE, informal), troublesome, weak
sore, stiff
injured, scraped, skinned (esp. AmE), twisted

An artificial knee was later inserted.

bend, flex
draw up, pull, pull up, tuck, tuck up

I tucked my knees under my chin.

She sat up and pulled her knees to her chest.


He hugged his knees to keep warm.

drop down on, drop on, drop to, fall on, fall to, get down on, go down on, sink to

He went down on his knees and begged for forgiveness.

sit on

She sat on her father's knee (= lap) while he read her a story.

blow (AmE, informal), blow out (AmE, informal), hurt, injure, sprain, twist

I injured my knee and had to have surgery.

graze, scrape, skin

He slapped his knee as he rocked with laughter.


He patted her knee reassuringly.

buckle, give way, weaken

Suddenly her knees buckled and she fell to the floor.

Rita felt her knees weakening.

knock, shake, tremble, wobble
ache, hurt
injury, problem, sprain, trouble
operation, replacement, surgery

He refuses to wear a knee brace.

joint, ligament
above the knee
across your knees

She had a blanket draped across her knees.

at sb's knee

The children had learned these stories at their mother's knee.

below the knee

His leg was missing below the knee.

between your knees

If you hear the crash-landing warning, put your head between your knees.

in your knee

He's snapped a ligament in his knee.

on one knee

I went down on one knee to plug in the vacuum cleaner.

on your knee

I balanced the pile of books on my knees.

He was on his knees, searching for the missing spring.

to one knee

He dropped to one knee.

to your knees

The blow knocked him to his knees.

bring sth to its knees (figurative)

The fuel shortage brought the country to its knees within weeks.

on your hands and knees

I was on my hands and knees, looking for my key.

on bended knee (figurative)

She would ask for help, but would not beg for it on bended knee.

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