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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.
See also: lamb, like, slaughter

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

something that you say about someone who does something or goes somewhere calmly and happily, not knowing that something unpleasant is going to happen to them
Usage notes: This phrase comes from the Bible. The slaughter is the time when animals are killed for their meat.
Here comes the bride, like a lamb to the slaughter.
See also: lamb, like, 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.
See also: lamb, like, slaughter

murder

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.

slaughter

verb
See murder

slaughtered

mod. drunk. Garth went out and got himself slaughtered again last night.
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The slaughtering of sacrificial animals will start from 7.
If the people could afford expensive animals, then they also afford to pay more for slaughtering them, he added.
The municipality calls on the public to avoid entering the slaughtering halls in order to maintain public health stipulations and avoid the spread of communicable diseases.
Three practical items should be included in the campaign: 1) a list of detailed symptoms of HPAI in poultry and humans; 2) guidelines on raising and slaughtering home-raised poultry, with a list of protective equipment such as boots, masks, and goggles, as well as cleaning materials; 3) instructions on how to report sick birds or persons to the Thai Ministry of Health.
In 2001, he changed his plant to food processing from slaughtering and produces value-added product such as beef jerky, pepperettes, and kabassa, to name a few.
Deogratias Ekisa of the Catholic Church in Tororo Archdiocese in eastern Uganda says slaughtering animals is a privilege which Christians have accorded Muslims by being sensitive to their religion.
FAISALABAD -- Superintendent Slaughter House Chak Jhumra has challaned four butchers on charge of slaughtering their animals outside the slaughter house.
Head of Abattoir Section, Ahmed Al Shammari said: "The section will use the most advanced facilities and apply the best international practices in slaughtering the animals in line with our religious and traditional values.
Separate halls will be built for slaughtering small and big animals in the slaughter house.
Meat shops, restaurants and individuals found slaughtering animals in undesignated places will risk fines, police warned.
At present, USDA considers the development of a plan for handling and slaughtering animals to be at the discretion of the individual plants, and such a plan is typically not required until after one or more egregious incident has occurred, if at all.
Mr Crow said Ms Davidson had understood that slaughtering Shambo would interfere with the community's right to practise religion, but decided that it was still necessary to protect public health.
David Anderson QC, for the Skanda Vale Community, said slaughtering Shambo would be a "violation of deeply held religious views" under the European Convention on Human Rights.
Commissioners were swayed by California Department of Food and Agriculture officials who said Tran's shop had helped curtail dirty, unhealthy backyard slaughtering in the neighborhood.