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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


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.
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Have you ever imagined that the right to slaughter animals for human consumption could become a national problem?
The eastern region police commander, Phinehas Arinaitwe, arrested three Muslim activists for destroying and burning slaughterhouses, saying there is no law stipulating only Muslims can slaughter animals on behalf of others.
Many Muslim butchers interviewed, however, believe they were granted the divine right to slaughter animals as it was written in the Koran.
The slaughter and meat-selling business is lucrative, particularly on weekends and festival days when meat sales are higher than usual.
This also seems to be the reason why Christians took advantage of Mulinde's appeal and joined the animal slaughter and meat-selling business.
Muslims normally carry out rituals before an animal is killed, while it has been a matter of mutual respect by Christians to accord them the right to slaughter animals for sale in markets and for occasions such as parties, where guests would be of different religions.
The slaughter controversy comes barely one year after Mulinde, dressed in Muslim clothing -- a turban and tunic -- slaughtered pigs in Masaka, a town in southern Uganda, during one of his campaigns.
Instead, Gilbert Bukenya, a government official and professor, has warned Christians against attempting to slaughter animals meant for human consumption, saying ''by tradition, slaughtering is a preserve of Muslims.
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and three volunteer slaughter plants, will pilot test new Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)-based inspection models.
The project aims to integrate HACCP principles into slaughter operations to determine if the system is as effective or better than current inspection systems.
Twenty-eight plants that slaughter young, healthy animals have volunteered to participate in the nationwide test.
In the weeks since the Littleton slaughter, we've learned that most of what the media initially told us about the Columbine killers wasn't true.