Knee-stop

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Knee-stop a lever worked by the performer's knee, for regulating the wind-supply of a reed-organ, &c
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cneów, cneó; Ger. knie, L. genu, Gr. gonu.

Usage

In literature:

Isabel stopped the mule, and sat with her hands clasped on her knees, looking at the meadow and the desolate closed house.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878" by Various
Emma dropped to her knees, and her heart seemed to stop beating as she looked into the face before her.
"The Dead Are Silent" by Arthur Schnitzler
If I hadn't stopped you just now you'd have been down upon your knees to kiss my hand.
"The King's Esquires" by George Manville Fenn
The right leg dropped to the ankle; the left stopped discouraged, a few inches below the knee.
"Americans All" by Various
At sight of her his knees became weak, his heart seemed to stop and he leaned against a pillar for support.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
Now and then, when the officers' faces were partly turned, a man would stop, rise erect on his knees, and bend backward.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
Stop crying, and don't, for Heaven's sake, keep showing me the graze on your knee.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Then he dropped the book face downward on his knee, and little by little their desultory conversation stopped.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
When within a few hundred yards he stopped and then crouched upon his hands and knees, his dark eyes gleaming with excitement.
"Tessa" by Louis Becke
With wide-open, sniffing nostrils and trembling knees, Pasha, stopped and looked hard at the man on the ground.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
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In poetry:

Unpenitent, I grieve to state,
Two good men stood by heaven's gate,
Saint Peter coming to await.
They stopped the Keeper of the Keys,
Saying: "What suppliants are these,
Who wait me not on bended knees?
"Two Husbands" by Robert W Service
Here, down between the dusty trees,
At this lank edge of haggard wood,
Women with labour-loosened knees,
With gaunt backs bowed by servitude,
Stop, shift their loads, and pray, and fare
Forth with souls easier for the prayer.
"Before A Crucifix" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

All the New York Giants had to do was drop a knee to stop the clock in the few remaining seconds of a big game back in 1978, and they'd have the victory.
So stop jerking your knee before you tear an ACL.
Dreaded words that every runner has heard: "You'd better stop running or you'll blow your knees out".
For sure, the undergarments help stop chafing from my knee guards.
To help increase my bone density, I hike trails at a nature park, usually with a weighted vest, but stopped when my knees started hurting.
Harsh Weather, Knee Injuries Didn't Stop Filmmaker from Chasing Glaciers.
The unsigned editorial, "Outbursts must stop at city council meetings" (Buffalo Bulletin, Dec 28) has to represent a knee-jerk reaction to councilman Russ Humphrey's comments that mayor Randy Dyess attempted to gavel down.
Recent events at Priceline.com do not necessarily signal its back is on the mat or that it has thrown in the towel, but it is taking a standing-eight count and hoping its knees stop wobbling.
Remember to spray lighter on your elbows and knees, and stop spraying right before your ankles.
Today's trench is streamlined, stops just above the knee, and works with everything from dark denim to a suit.
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