go to the stake

go to the stake

To be willing to do anything in defense of one's beliefs. These protests are dangerous—are you really ready to go to the stake for your religious beliefs?
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go to the stake

mainly BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you say that you would go to the stake to defend a principle or aim, you mean that you believe in it completely and would do anything to prove it. It's certainly not a cause that I would go to the stake for. Note: A stake is a wooden post. In the past, people were sometimes tied to a stake and burned alive for refusing to give up beliefs which the church considered heretical and wrong.
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I would go to the stake in my belief that the Prime Minister is committed totally to this package," he said.
Swan Hunter doesn't have to go to the stake over this disappointment; Kroese believes it can recover and continue to retain a significant workforce.
There are many Liberals who would rather go to the stake than be seen as the playthings of the Labour Party.
But Cauchon was in league with the English; he burned the letter, and later told Joan that the Pope said that her voices were from the devil and not God, so that she would have to go to the stake.