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An American football term for when the quarterback drops to one knee immediately after receiving the snap, thus automatically ending the play.

The use of taking a knee comes only near the end of a game when your team is in possession of the ball and holds a narrow lead (by a touchdown or less). If you execute a run or pass play, you risk turning the ball over and allowing the opposing team to gain possession and a chance to score. By taking a knee, you are able to run down the clock without putting the ball at risk.

A boring, if strategically important, play.
Coach: John, listen - we got 5 seconds remaining, pass the ball to Porter, Porter - you'll take a knee and end this game.

Players: Goooooooooooo........ Tigers!
by BrooksMarlin August 31, 2006
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A person with an outwardly dominant, masculine, or aggressive personality, but who also enthusiastically takes on the submissive or "bottom" role in the bedroom.
"I'm tough, Mike! I never give an inch! I'm partial to taking a few though..."
"Ah, you're a real pipehitter."
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Nikki: I'm stuffed from this buffet. I'm taking a knee then going back for dessert!
Jenz: Great idea Nikki Niner, you are sooooo smart, and accurate too!
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Declining someone’s invitation.
Hey would you like to come over Friday and Netflix and Chill?

I’ll take a knee on this one.
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To disrespectfully kneel instead of standing up during the National Anthem to protest against politicians you don’t like, because of their discriminatory practices, racist views, or offensive comments.
Imagine if every time an employee or football player doesn’t like something about their CEO or president, they take a knee—aren’t there better ways to justifiably convey their anger or frustration?
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"Take a Knee", the worst diss in sports. This term comes from American Football. Should you screw up during practice or worse, during a game, the coach tells you "take a knee" where which you go to the sideline and kneel down on one knee so that the team and audience can see your total humiliation. I first heard this term in 1984, though I know it has to originate from a date way before my time. My coach of at least 45 yrs. old at the time used this term.

Coach Says: Miss your read...Take a Knee. Miss your block...Take a Knee. Miss your hole...Take a knee.
Ex: God...mit John Doe! Get your blocks or you're taking a knee.
Ex: Je..s Freakin' Chr..t... that ball fell right through your hands, Take a Knee.
by ElCompaDelChuco April 02, 2007
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To get down on one knee to suck a mans penis. It may also refer to taking two knees, for if reciever lasts longer than 15 seconds.
Norman was being a real dick on friday so i told him to take a knee and smile like a donut
by C-lub Ndawg September 18, 2006
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