go to the stake for

go to the stake for (something)

To be willing to do anything in defense of one's beliefs. These protests are dangerous—are you really ready to go to the stake for your beliefs?
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go to the stake for

do anything to defend a specified belief, opinion, or person.
In the past, especially during times of religious persecution, heretics were liable to be tied to a wooden stake and burned alive if they refused to recant their beliefs.
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References in classic literature ?
Here this man will go to the stake for me, and I find him delighted at having it