ordeal by fire(redirected from an ordeal by fire)
ordeal by fire
An outdated form of trial in which an accused person was physically subjected to fire. The belief was that God would save those who were truly innocent. The accused witches have been sentenced to ordeal by fire so that we may know whether they are guilty of these charges.
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- throw out the baby with the bathwater
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- throw the baby out with the bath
- throw the baby out with the bath water
- throw the baby out with the bathwater
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