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weak-kneed

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Definition lacking will power or resolution
  • I felt unaccountably weak-kneed and relieved.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • She swallowed and headed, weak-kneed, for the trees just beyond the quarry.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • "Who is it?" said Madam Hooch, who had sunk, weak-kneed, into a chair.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Dizzy and kinda weak-kneed?
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • Beauty Smith was known far and wide as the weakest of weak-kneed and snivelling cowards.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Granpa was a little weak-kneed, and held Granma close, helping him to walk, I reckined.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • It is nothing, a woman's shot, or a silly little boy s. A weak-kneed half-wits arrow has no point!
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The fourth afternoon Red came out of the cabin, pale, weak-kneed and weaving.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • Who's this weak-kneed coward you brought to my place, Brenda?"
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • The whole company was so weak-kneed that the lines were merely spoken, and nothing more.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • By the time Joe left the bank, five minutes past closing time, the last customer to depart, he was weak-kneed with apprehension.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • But he had never got on well with old Parry, that querulous, weak-kneed old man, Clarissa's father, Justin Parry.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • I made an odd chirping sound in the back of my throat and moved in a sort of weak-kneed graceless lurch toward the window.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • He hurried forwards to help Aunt Petunia negotiate a weak-kneed Dudley over the threshold while avoiding stepping in the pool of sick.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The Prime Minister sank, weak-kneed, into the nearest chair.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Winks was the master of the upper third, a weak-kneed man with drooping eye-lids, He was too tall for his strength, and his movements were slow and languid.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • In the corridor a few weak-kneed, pasty-faced students were making their way to and from the bathrooms, and a group of silent Helpers worked double-duty to keep the floors mopped.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Courtyard and hall strewn with our friends, too weak-kneed to get up, chapfallen to their collarbones, the way old Iros rolls his head there by the gate as though he were pig-drunk!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • At Staatsburg I heard many stories about doojee, which was one of the ninety-nine names of heroin, but I didn't tell them my own weak-kneed story, about how I was scared of needles and drugs.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Nick criticized DMSC on his blog, and an Indian responded: It never ceases to amaze me how supposedly feminist, progressive thinkers like you often get weak-kneed at the prospect of women actually owning decisions about sex and work....
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky

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