put to the sword
a) To execute, especially by using a sword.
b) To severely defeat.

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  • put to the sword — If someone is put to the sword, he or she is killed or executed …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • put to the sword — ► put to the sword kill, especially in war. Main Entry: ↑sword …   English terms dictionary

  • put to the sword — KILL, execute, put to death, murder, butcher, slaughter, massacre, cut down; poetic/literary slay. → sword * * * put to the sword see under ↑sword • • • Main Entry: ↑put put to the sword 1. (of armies, etc) to kill (prisoners, etc) by the sword 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • put to the sword — {v. phr.}, {literary} To kill (people) in war, especially with a sword. * /The Romans put their enemies to the sword./ * /In some wars captives have been put to the sword./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • put to the sword — {v. phr.}, {literary} To kill (people) in war, especially with a sword. * /The Romans put their enemies to the sword./ * /In some wars captives have been put to the sword./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • put\ to\ the\ sword — v. phr. literary To kill (people) in war, especially with a sword. The Romans put their enemies to the sword. In some wars captives have been put to the sword …   Словарь американских идиом

  • put to the sword —    If someone is put to the sword, he or she is killed or executed.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • put to the sword —    to kill    Usually of a large number of helpless victims, by any form of violence:     ... took Siakat by storm and put not only the Egyptian garrison, but every man, woman and child in the place to the sword. (F. Harris, 1925) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • put to the sword — kill, especially in war. → sword …   English new terms dictionary

  • put to the sword — Kill, slay …   New dictionary of synonyms

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