bee's knees

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Etymology[edit]

Irish béas núíosach, fresh new style, novel manner First known use: 1922.

Noun[edit]

bee's knees (plural only)

  1. (idiomatic, dated, usually with the) Something or someone excellent, outstanding.
    We had strawberry shortcake for breakfast on Saturday and the kids thought it was the bee's knees.
    I used to play in a band when I was younger. We had a few fans and we thought we were the bee's knees.
    There is a new bee's knees every few minutes in New York.

Usage notes[edit]

Normally used as "the bee's knees", rarely without the article (then usually with a possessive, as in "her bee's knees" or "my new bee's knees").

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