put (someone) to the sword

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put (someone) to the sword

To slay or execute someone, especially in or as a consequence of war. These prisoners will be shown no mercy: we shall put them to the sword before sunrise.
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I can see a siS milar thing happening today, with the mudloving Icelandic looking the most likely candidate to put him to the sword.
But Borgas (right) reckons struggling Scotland won't crash if Sabres put him to the sword.
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