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English definition of “bring sb/sth to their knees”

bring sb/sth to their knees

to destroy or defeat someone or something: The strikes had brought the economy to its knees .Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveWinning and defeatingScoring, winning and losing in sport
(Definition of bring sb/sth to their knees from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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