Meaning of “bring sb/sth to their knees” in the English Dictionary

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"bring sb/sth to their knees" in British English

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bring sb/sth to their knees

to destroy or defeat someone or something:

The strikes had brought the economy to its knees.

(Definition of “bring sb/sth to their knees” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)