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The Bee's knees (Origin)

What Is the Origin of the Saying "The Bee's knees"?

The term the bee's knees means excellent.

The bee's knees is thought to refer to the concentration of pollen around a bee's knee.

A Competing Theory

The term it's the business is commonly used in England, particularly around London.  The term the business means exactly what it's supposed to be (i.e. excellent).  Bee's knees is possibly a corruption of business.



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