under the knife

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English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

under the knife (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Undergoing a surgical procedure.
    • 1964 April 24, "Operation Royal," Time:
      Rumor that De Gaulle was under the knife sped through Paris. . . . Finally, at 7:15 p.m., a bulletin signed by three doctors said that De Gaulle had been operated on that morning.

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Adverb[edit]

under the knife (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Into surgery.

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