weak-kneed


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weak-kneed

(wēk′nēd′)
adj.
Lacking strength of character or purpose.

weak-kneed

adj
informal yielding readily to force, persuasion, intimidation, etc
ˌweak-ˈkneedly adv
ˌweak-ˈkneedness n

weak′-kneed′



adj.
yielding readily to opposition, pressure, intimidation, etc.
[1860–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.weak-kneed - lacking will power or resolutionweak-kneed - lacking will power or resolution; "the role of the dissenter is not for the weak-kneed"
irresolute - uncertain how to act or proceed; "the committee was timid and mediocre and irresolute"
Translations

weak-kneed

[ˈwiːkˈniːd] ADJ (fig) [person] → sin carácter, débil

weak-kneed

adj (after illness) → wackelig auf den Beinen (inf); (with fear, excitement) → mit weichen Knien; (fig inf)schwach, feige

weak-kneed

[ˌwiːkˈniːd] adj (fig) → debole, codardo/a
References in classic literature ?
The Trojans are a weak-kneed people, or ere this you would have had a shirt of stones for the wrongs you have done them.
This commodious ottoman has since been removed, to the extreme regret of all weak-kneed lovers of the fine arts, but the gentleman in question had taken serene possession of its softest spot, and, with his head thrown back and his legs outstretched, was staring at Murillo's beautiful moon-borne Madonna in profound enjoyment of his posture.
Every vehicle that passes he expects is going to run into him; and he never finds himself ascending or descending a hill without immediately beginning to speculate upon his chances, supposing--as seems extremely probable--that the weak-kneed controller of his destiny should let go.
Winks was the master of the upper third, a weak-kneed man with drooping eye-lids, He was too tall for his strength, and his movements were slow and languid.
Beauty Smith was known far and wide as the weakest of weak-kneed and snivelling cowards.
Behind his counter he was a superior being, calmly conscious of special knowledge and worth; outside he was a weak-kneed, purblind, motorman-cursed rambler, with ill-fitting clothes stained with chemicals and smelling of socotrine aloes and valerianate of ammonia.
Give weak-kneed politicians the boot or all those bonnie lads and lasses lost their lives for nothing.
Survivor nations on this planet are those prepared to enforce sustainable population, the weak-kneed are doomed to a lifetime of food and water rationing, probably collapsing into Mad Max anarchy
Is it because the weak-kneed deal is increasingly unpopular with the public?
There's something old, as the title says, and plenty borrowed in this Britpop breeze, a bit weak-kneed compared to Good Vibrations.
If Washington were to become weak-kneed and back down: Netanyahu would win, peace would lose, and the US will not, any time soon, get another opportunity to restore its leadership in the region.
WHAT a weak-kneed and myopic bunch, those teachers who closed schools on Tuesday for a Muslim celebration.