Take-a-knee meaning

(American football) When the quarterback drops to one knee immediately after receiving the snap, automatically ending the play. Also known as the quarterback kneel.

An example of take-a-knee is the coach deciding the quarterback should take a knee in order to run out the clock and preserve a lead.

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(American football) To have the quarterback kneel and place the ball on the ground at the beginning of a play, thereby ending that play.
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To kneel, especially during the national anthem before a sporting event, as a form of protest.

An example of take-a-knee is NFL player Colin Kaepernick deciding to take a knee during the national anthem before games to protest police violence.

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