Meaning of fall to one's knees in English:

fall to one's knees

(also drop to one's knees, sink to one's knees)

phrase

  • Assume a kneeling position.

    ‘Catholics in Pope John Paul II's hometown fell to their knees and wept as the news of his death reached them last night at the end of a special mass.’
    • ‘And at Santo Domingo airport, relatives of passengers aboard the plane sobbed and fell to their knees in grief.’
    • ‘I fell to my knees and started to cry again.’
    • ‘As the final shot landed wide, Ferrero fell to his knees and blew kisses to the heavens.’
    • ‘As soon as the game was over, the players expressed their joy, either by raising their arms in victory, falling to their knees or waving to fans, who cheered throughout the game.’
    • ‘I refrained from falling to my knees and kissing their rings, but it did cross my mind.’
    • ‘‘I think this is the best week of my life,’ he said, an hour after falling to his knees on court.’
    • ‘Edmonton was not the first time that she had crossed the world championship finishing line with arms in the air, falling to her knees to kiss the ground after a duel with Jones.’
    • ‘Contemplating my plan, I am so overcome with emotion that I suddenly feel weak and sink to my knees.’
    fall to one's knees, get down on one's knees, genuflect, bow, bow down, make obeisance, kowtow, curtsy, show reverence, show deference