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bring a knife to a gunfight

To come poorly prepared or equipped for some task, goal, competition, or confrontation. Often used in the negative as a forewarning or piece of advice. Make sure you have researched your position thoroughly and comprehensively before the debate. You don't want to bring a knife to a gunfight. If you haven't studied law, representing yourself in court is like bringing a knife to a gunfight.
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don't bring a knife to a gunfight

Don't come poorly prepared or equipped for some task, goal, competition, or confrontation. Make sure you have researched your position thoroughly and comprehensively before the debate. You don't want to bring a knife to a gunfight. Of course you lost the trial—your whole case was based on speculation and anecdotal evidence. Next time, don't bring a knife to a gunfight.
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March 26: Two Hizbul-Mujahideen militants Shahbaz Ahmed Wani alias Rayees alias Kachoor of Belo village in Rajpora, Pulwama and Farooq Ahmed Hura of Nazneenpora village in Shopian were killed in a brief gunfight in Padgampora village in Awantipora area in south Kashmir's Pulwama district leading to protests and clashes.
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Dhaka, Dhu-AlQa'dah 24, 1437, Aug 27, 2016, SPA -- Three suspected terrorists have been killed in a gunfight with security forces in the central Bangladeshi district of Narayanganj, dpa cited police as saying on Saturday.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Two members of an armed group seizing the main police building in Yerevan, surrendered after a gunfight with police, head of Information and Public Relations of the Armenian Police Ashot Aharonian said Wednesday.
TWO HIZBUL Mujahideen militants were killed in a five- hour long gunfight in Bomai, Sopore, 60 km north of Srinagar.
A militant yet to be identified was killed in the ongoing gunfight at village Dardpora- Lolab in frontier Kupwara district, about 110 km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
In one track called Gunfight he writes about a destructive love saying: "Don't fall in love if you don't want a gunfight, if you are not prepared to fall.
Jaweed Basharat, the governor of Baghlan province, said a gunfight broke out between two groups attending the wedding in Andarab district.
by Pajhwok Monitor on 28 September, 2014 - 15:32 KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 20 insurgents have been killed in airstrikes and a gunfight in Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas near the Afghanistan border, officials said on Sunday.
The deaths occurred during attacks on Taliban hideouts by Pakistani jets, a US drone strike, a gunfight at a security forces checkpoint and the bombing at a camp for displaced people.
ROME Sun Feb 9, 2014 (Reuters) - Italian police recaptured a suspected mafia mobster on Sunday after he escaped from police custody in a gunfight in which his brother was killed.
Egypt's state news agency says a gunfight between two families in a Cairo market has left 15 people dead, including 13 who were burned to death.