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take no prisoners
1. Lit. to kill the enemy rather than seize the enemy as prisoners. The soldiers' orders were to take no prisoners.
2. Fig. to be extremely ruthless with the opposition. The new manager takes no prisoners. He is ruthless and stern.
take no prisonersor
not take any prisonersJOURNALISM
If someone takes no prisoners or does not take any prisoners when they are carrying out a plan or an action, they do it in a very forceful and determined way, without caring if they harm or upset other people. Neil is rough and aggressive; he takes no prisoners. She'd learned the hard way not to take any prisoners. She went in there with an agenda, and she wasn't prepared to make any compromises. Note: You can also say that someone has a take-no-prisoners attitude or approach to something. We had a take-no-prisoners attitude, and we didn't care who we upset. Note: This expression refers to the practice of killing enemy soldiers rather than keeping them as prisoners.
prisoner of consciencea person detained or imprisoned because of their religious or political beliefs.
This phrase is particularly associated with the campaigns of Amnesty International, a human-rights organization.
take no prisonersbe ruthlessly aggressive or uncompromising in the pursuit of your objectives.
1998 Times The transition from Formula One to front-wheel drive saloon cars was never going to be easy…especially in a series where drivers are not known for taking prisoners.
take no ˈprisonersbe extremely aggressive and show no sympathy for other people in trying to achieve your aims: She took no prisoners in her dealings with the unions. ♢ Her take-no-prisoners approach has been remarkably successful.
take no prisoners
1. To kill all of an enemy or a population.
2. To be ruthless or unrestrained, as in an undertaking: "Grandmother was both very pretty and very mouthy. She took no prisoners" (Nicki Giovanni).