beat swords into ploughshares


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beat swords into ploughshares

To abstain from destructive activities, such as war and violence (symbolized by swords), in favor of peaceful, constructive activities (symbolized by ploughshares, a farming implement). The phrase comes from the Bible. We must beat swords into ploughshares so that our children can inherit a peaceful world.
See also: beat, ploughshares, sword

beat/turn swords into ploughshares

  (formal)
to stop preparing for war and to start using the money you previously spent on weapons to improve people's lives It would have been unrealistic to expect a country like the United States to turn swords into ploughshares the moment the Cold War ended.
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See also: beat, ploughshares, sword