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get (one's)/the knife into (someone)

To be, do, or say something especially critical, unpleasant, or mean-spirited, especially to someone who is already vulnerable or weak. John seems genuinely remorseful for what happened. There doesn't seem to be any reason to get the knife into him at this point. And then he really got his knife into me by saying that he'd only pretended to like my writing.
See also: get, knife

have (one's) knife in(to) (someone)

To make someone's life more difficult or unpleasant because one dislikes them or holds a grudge against them. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Why do you have your knife into me? What did I ever do to you? I feel like he's had his knife in me from the moment I started working here. He always gives me the worst jobs and makes me look like a fool in front of everyone else.
See also: have, knife

long knife

1. A person hired to murder someone. It looks like the mob sent a long knife over last night to silence the last surviving witness.
2. The power or intent to attack someone in order to force them to stop or change their actions. Lobbyist groups for the industry have already been sharpening their long knives in order to quash what little support such regulation has within Congress. The mainstream media has always had a long knife out for people like me who reveal the truth to the world!
See also: knife, long

night of the long knives

A series of ruthless or treacherous actions against others. The increasingly despotic president has begun what many are already calling his night of the long knives, imprisoning or killing scores of old rivals and opponents almost overnight.
See also: knives, long, night, of

not the sharpest knife in the drawer

Not intelligent; dim-witted or prone to stupidity. His new boyfriend isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he's pretty good looking! I wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer in school, but I still managed to find a profession I loved.
See also: drawer, knife, not, sharp

the knives are out (for someone)

The opponents of someone or something are now seeking every opportunity to criticize, call for the termination of, or impede someone or something. The knives are out for the senator after his recent remarks, and I wouldn't be surprised if he was forced to resign. Watch yourself. Now that people are allowed to comment anonymously, the knives are out.
See also: knives, out
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the knives are out

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If the knives are out for someone, people are criticizing and trying to cause problems for that person. The knives are out for me at the moment. Now that she's married to one of the world's most famous men, the knives are out. Note: You can also say that someone has their knives out if they are eager to criticize someone or cause problems for them. Arendt and Huber had their knives out, and they were being encouraged to stick them in me.
See also: knives, out
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

the knives are out (for someone)

there is open hostility (towards someone). informal
See also: knives, out

night of the long knives

a treacherous betrayal or ruthless action.
Night of the long knives is especially associated with the massacre of the Brownshirts on Hitler's orders in 1934 . Traditionally, the phrase referred to the legendary massacre of the Britons by Hengist in 472 , described by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his Historia Regum Britanniae. In Britain it has been particularly used of the occasion in 1962 on which Harold Macmillan dismissed a third of his cabinet at the same time, of which the Liberal politician Jeremy Thorpe remarked ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his friends for his life’.
See also: knives, long, night, of
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the knives are ˈout (for somebody)

the situation has become so bad that people are preparing to make one person take the blame, for example by taking away their job: The knives are out for the minister. People are calling for his resignation.
See also: knives, out

not the sharpest knife in the ˈdrawer

(also not the sharpest tool in the ˈbox) (humorous) not intelligent: I know he’s good-looking, but he’s not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer, is he? OPPOSITE: a/one smart cookie
See also: drawer, knife, not, sharp
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long knife

1. n. an assassin. (Underworld.) Some long knife showed up, but Marty took him out before he made his move.
2. n. a destroyer; a hatchet man. One of his long knives came over to pressure us into cooperating.
See also: knife, long
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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