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See also: kneedeep



From Middle English kne-depe; equivalent to knee +‎ deep.


knee-deep (not comparable)

  1. Reaching up to the knees.
    • 1831, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, volume 3, page 277:
      High above stood the ash-tree, its boughs covered with the toy-like bunches called "locks and keys;" and beyond spread the meadows, knee-deep with the verdant grass.
  2. Submerged to the knees.
    • 1898, H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, London: William Heinemann, page 241:
      This gave me a hint, and I went knee-deep, and sometimes neck-deep, in the Red Weed. The density of the weed gave me a reassuring sense of hiding.
  3. (figuratively, by extension) Deeply involved in something, or preoccupied with something.

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