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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. The poor kid and his defense team weren't aware of what the prosecution had in store—it was like lambs to slaughter the moment the trial began.
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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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Whether the Chevalier de Valois lost his head, or whether he wanted to stay and study the causes of his disaster and remedy it, certain it is that he allowed himself to be led like a lamb to the slaughter. He had received the most violent knock-down blow that ever struck a man; any nobleman would have lost his senses for less.
Folayang shocked the world by slaying the once mighty Aoki via a third-round TKO (knees and punches) in ONE: Defending Honor in Sentosa, Singapore two years ago but could end up as a lamb to the slaughter as he will be clashing with Aoki on enemy territory.
Steve Clarke and Derek McInnes are leading contenders to be the SFA's next lamb to the slaughter. Only one can win that battle but both can win tomorrow.
Early haunting stories included Lamb To The Slaughter, which saw a wife kill her cheating husband with a frozen leg of lamb and then serve up the murder weapon at a dinner for his colleagues.
Mrs James, a church-goer who had been happily married for more than 40 years, was "like a lamb to the slaughter", her son Andrew James said in a statement read to court.
Once again, it appears you are a lamb to the slaughter or a scape-goat.
Ken said that Princess Diana was like a lamb to the slaughter, the Daily Star reported.
Matrarc, Gaia's adversary, is the most fun and unexpectedly sinister pregnant character since Roald Dahl gave us Lamb to the Slaughter. There is plenty of material to spark anyone's interest in further reading on bioethics, genetics, and even animal behavior, specifically female mate selection.
ALASTAIR COOK knows he is on an Ashes captaincy trial in Bangladesh - designed to prevent him being a lamb to the slaughter if thrust into the top job in Australia later this year.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter .
It was Ryan Lamb to the slaughter as the on-loan fly-half produced a below-par performance and squandered a series of kicks at Old Deer Park.
Kent's Anne Boleyn, an innocent lamb to the slaughter, eventually stood alone on a riser as the large Tudor rose in Jean-Marc Puissant's backdrop went blood red and a curtain dropped to the level of her shoulder, symbolizing her beheading.
Today countless modern idioms--among them, "sour grapes," "like a lamb to the slaughter," "a broken reed," and "forever and ever"--can be traced to biblical roots.
Jason is like a lamb to the slaughter between two hyenas and he is dead meat..
The inquest also heard yesterday how the Princess felt like a "lamb to the slaughter" when she married the Prince of Wales in 1981 and that she later felt isolated.