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like a lamb to (the) slaughter

Without concern for what is to come (because one does not foresee the trouble ahead). This phrase comes from the Bible. When I did business with Michael, I was like a lamb to the slaughter—I had no idea he was such a criminal mastermind.
See also: lamb, like, slaughter

like lambs to the slaughter

 and like a lamb to the slaughter
Fig. quietly and without seeming to realize the likely difficulties or dangers of a situation. Young men fighting in World War I simply went like lambs to the slaughter. Our team went on the football field like lambs to the slaughter to meet the league-leaders.
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like pigs to the slaughter

Rur. obediently and in large numbers. (See also like lambs to the slaughter.) Look at all the people lining up to mail their tax forms on time, like pigs to the slaughter.
See also: like, pig, slaughter

like a lamb to the slaughter

Also, as lambs to the slaughter. Innocently and helplessly, without realizing the danger. For example, She agreed to appeal to the board, little knowing she would go like a lamb to the slaughter . This expression appears in several biblical books (Isaiah, Jeremiah), and the simile itself was used by Chaucer.
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like a lamb to the slaughter

If someone goes somewhere like a lamb to the slaughter, they go there quietly and obediently because they have not realized that it will be dangerous or unpleasant, or because they are powerless. His young bride walked down the aisle like a lamb to the slaughter. Note: People sometimes use sheep instead of lamb. I had no idea what the interview would be like and went to it like a sheep to the slaughter.
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like a lamb to the slaughter

as a helpless victim.
This expression is found in the Bible in Isaiah 53:7: ‘he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter’, an image later applied to Jesus.
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(like) a lamb/lambs to the ˈslaughter

(do something or go somewhere) without protesting, probably because you do not realize that you are in danger: When the war started, thousands of young men went off to fight, like lambs to the slaughter.
Slaughter is the killing of animals for their meat.
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and slaughter
tv. to overwhelm; to beat someone in a sports contest. We went out on the field prepared to slaughter them. The murdered us in the second half.


See murder


mod. drunk. Garth went out and got himself slaughtered again last night.
See also: slaughter
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The laws governing cattle slaughter vary greatly from state to state.
Muzammil Abu Backr, another Sharjah resident, said he gives money to an illegal butcher to purchase the animal for him and slaughter it.
He said that butchers were spreading pollution through illegal slaughter houses.
While cow slaughter is already banned in the state under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act ( MAPA), right- wing groups have been fighting for almost two decades to extend the prohibition to the killing of calves, which could until now be slaughtered after acquiring the ' Fit for Slaughter' certificate from civic authorities.
It is expected that the country's parliament will now act on legislation explicitly legalizing kosher and halal slaughter.
If we are not careful, we will have a law which means nothing to the vast majority of people in this country who believe animals should be humanely stunned prior to slaughter.
Muhammad Arshad Jatt directed that Incharge of slaughter house should carryout postmortem of animals according to Animals Slaughter Control Act so that sick and weak animals could not be slaughtered.
Non-stun slaughter can cause considerable suffering and the organisation believes this practice should be banned.
And yet there are, quite rightly, strictly enforced laws governing the welfare of animals being transported to the abattoir and in the lead up to slaughter to ensure that this is conducted in a way that minimises the suering.
It comes after the National Audit Office Report demanded the Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry to probe unlicensed slaughter houses and TB-infected cattle being released into the market.
Rabbi Menachem Margolin and Tamsz Miskiewicz have claimed that Poland's December 2012 ruling, which de facto suspended the slaughter of animals without stunning them first, constituted a violation of the regulation on the protection of animals at the time of killing.
Animal rights groups have called on UEFA to outlaw ritual animal slaughter in connection with football.
Bulgaria's Ministry of Agriculture and Food is preparing an action plan to solve the problem with backyard slaughter of cattle for personal consumption by end-March to avoid EU penalty.
He expanded, "Some slaughter the animals before the time of Eid prayers.
The municipality extended the working hours at slaughter houses starting from the end of Eid prayers