under the knife

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

under the knife

  1. Undergoing a surgical procedure; into surgery.
    • 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.
    • 2006 August 19, Michael S. Schmidt, "Baseball: After Shea, Life Diverges for Two Mets," New York Times (retrieved 1 Aug 2008):
      "I don't want to go under the knife again. I had 10 surgeries as a player and many more since," Dykstra said.