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take no prisoners

1. Literally, to leave no enemies combatants alive, such as on a battlefield (i.e., to kill everyone instead of taking any prisoners). The marauders were notorious for taking no prisoners.
2. By extension, to be utterly ruthless, uncompromising, or unyielding in the pursuit of one's agenda or goal. This business is renowned for being cutthroat. The people who succeed here take no prisoners. The new manager doesn't take any prisoners when a project needs to get done.
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prisoner of conscience

Someone imprisoned for their political or religious beliefs or actions associated therewith. The winner of the Nobel prize was a prisoner of conscience for nearly 12 years, whose writing in that time helped bring an end to legal discrimination against his religion. The two prisoners of conscience were arrested for using social media to condemn the actions of the dictatorship.
See also: conscience, of, prisoner

take no prisoners

 
1. Lit. to kill the enemy rather than seize the enemy as prisoners. The soldiers' orders were to take no prisoners.
2. Fig. to be extremely ruthless with the opposition. The new manager takes no prisoners. He is ruthless and stern.
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take no prisoners

or

not take any prisoners

JOURNALISM
If someone takes no prisoners or does not take any prisoners when they are carrying out a plan or an action, they do it in a very forceful and determined way, without caring if they harm or upset other people. Neil is rough and aggressive; he takes no prisoners. She'd learned the hard way not to take any prisoners. She went in there with an agenda, and she wasn't prepared to make any compromises. Note: You can also say that someone has a take-no-prisoners attitude or approach to something. We had a take-no-prisoners attitude, and we didn't care who we upset. Note: This expression refers to the practice of killing enemy soldiers rather than keeping them as prisoners.
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prisoner of conscience

a person detained or imprisoned because of their religious or political beliefs.
This phrase is particularly associated with the campaigns of Amnesty International, a human-rights organization.
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take no prisoners

be ruthlessly aggressive or uncompromising in the pursuit of your objectives.
1998 Times The transition from Formula One to front-wheel drive saloon cars was never going to be easy…especially in a series where drivers are not known for taking prisoners.
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take no ˈprisoners

be extremely aggressive and show no sympathy for other people in trying to achieve your aims: She took no prisoners in her dealings with the unions.Her take-no-prisoners approach has been remarkably successful.
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take no prisoners

1. To kill all of an enemy or a population.
2. To be ruthless or unrestrained, as in an undertaking: "Grandmother was both very pretty and very mouthy. She took no prisoners" (Nicki Giovanni).
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References in classic literature ?
And you," returned the prisoner, "who bade me to ask to see you; you, who, when I did ask to see you, came here promising a world of confidence; how is it that, nevertheless, it is you who are silent, leaving it for me to speak?
said he suddenly to the prisoner, aloud, without preparing him for the alteration.
A man's secrets are his own, monsieur," retorted the prisoner, "and not at the mercy of the first chance-comer.
It accused the prisoner of resisting the execution of a search-warrant, by force of arms, and particularized in the vague language of the law, among a variety of other weapons, the use of the rifle.
Enter the plea of not guilty,” said Judge Temple, strongly affected by the simplicity of the prisoner.
Well, Leather-Stocking,” returned Billy, facing the prisoner with a freedom and familiarity that utterly disregarded the presence of the court, “as you are on the subject it may be that you’ve no—”
He remained silent, his eyes fixed upon the light; the boat went on, but the prisoner thought only of Mercedes.
The prisoner followed his guide, who led him into a room almost under ground, whose bare and reeking walls seemed as though impregnated with tears; a lamp placed on a stool illumined the apartment faintly, and showed Dantes the features of his conductor, an under-jailer, ill-clothed, and of sullen appearance.
In the meantime there is bread, water, and fresh straw; and that is all a prisoner can wish for.
Huck Finn, did you EVER hear of a prisoner having picks and shovels, and all the modern conveniences in his wardrobe to dig himself out with?
Obviously, the prisoner would not be likely to go to that drawer?
Would the prisoner, in the hottest week of a hot summer, be likely to go to a drawer containing winter underclothing.
In that case, is it not possible that the articles in question might have been put there by a third person, and that the prisoner was quite unaware of their presence?
The prisoner was one of those military adventurers who sold their blood to whoever would buy, and grew old in stratagems and spoils.
The prisoner muttered a few words in a foreign tongue.