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    Unhappy "to turn your knees to water"

    "That sound is enough to turn your knees to water."

    I happened to meet this expression in a book, but I've no idea what it means and didn't get any answer in my dictionaries.
    Please help me if anybody knows it.

    Thanks.

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    Re: "to turn your knees to water"

    Quote Originally Posted by Mil$ba View Post
    "That sound is enough to turn your knees to water."

    I happened to meet this expression in a book, but I've no idea what it means and didn't get any answer in my dictionaries.
    Please help me if anybody knows it.

    Thanks.
    Generally it means "makes you unsteady on your feet".
    Other ways of saying it are, "It made my knees turn to jelly", "It made me weak in the knees."
    I haven't heard it being caused by a sound before. It's usually caused by a shock or heightened emotion.
    She said "When he kissed me, my knees turned to jelly"
    I felt weak in the knees when I heard about the earthquake near our village.


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    Re: "to turn your knees to water"

    Maybe the sound in question is evocative of some strong emotion - e.g. fear caused by the sound of approaching footsteps.

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