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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Kildare were there for the taking but Offaly just weren't good enough to put them to the sword.
ALL eyes will be on the Britannia Stadium on August 8 when Liverpool open up their season against Stoke City - the team who so comprehensively put them to the sword on the closing day on the last campaign.
Norwich did threaten a shock when Grant Holt justified his recall by firing them in front but they looked every inch relegation fodder defending that lead as Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic put them to the sword.
They should go out hard, pressurise the field from the start and put them to the sword on the run.
If Rooney can stop Pirlo building a foundation for the Italians, he and Carroll can put them to the sword and take England into the last four.
With Telford tiring, Coventry put them to the sword from the moment the final period started when Kieran Papps fired a slapshot home to make it 6-1.
We carried strongly and put them to the sword, and that's what we need to do again.
We put them to the sword in the second half with some more great football.
FRANCE crashed to a shock 3-1 defeat to Austria after Andreas Ivanschitza scored one and set up two others to put them to the sword.
The Walton Lea men continued their bad patch when they were overwhelmed by Poynton, who put them to the sword with bat and ball, running up 248-2 declared (Brian Kingham 115 not out) before bowling them out for 99.
The man who put them to the sword was Celtic-daft Lee Miller, pictured left, who scored the first and laid on the second for one-time Bhoy wonder Mark Burchill.
I always knew Coneygree would keep finding more - he put them to the sword.
In the other games, Man City will struggle away again and I think West Ham are worth a small few quid at 7/5 to put them to the sword.
CHALLENGE Cup champs St Johnstone fell at the first hurdle as newly-promoted County put them to the sword.
The noises coming out of the Porto camp suggest they will be delighted with a point, but that could be a mistake and if they arrive with a negative attitude and decide to defend in numbers, Liverpool could put them to the sword.
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