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lay down (one's) arms

1. Literally, to lay down or otherwise relinquish one's weapon in the context of a military engagement. We have you surrounded! Instruct your troops to lay down their arms!
2. To stop pursuing military engagement, as part of a truce, treaty, or surrender; to stop combat. We're hoping that the various militant factions in the region will begin laying down their arms if the peace treaty is accepted.
3. By extension, to cease fighting, arguing, or being hostile. We're asking employees to lay down their arms while we investigate this issue. I think we should all just lay down our arms and try to have a calm, rational conversation about this.
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lay down one's arms

Fig. to put one's gun, sword, club, etc., down; to stop fighting; to surrender. The prisoners were instructed to lay down their arms. The soldiers laid down their arms and surrendered.
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lay down your ˈarms

stop fighting in a war etc: Tell your men to lay down their arms — the war’s over.
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Relevant reports said last month that militants in more regions laid down arms and joined peace with the army, and added, "The total number of regions, towns, settlements and villages that have thus far joined nationwide reconciliation plan stands at 2, 276.
Representatives of militants in a region endorsed peace agreement with the Syrian Army after the gunmen laid down arms and turned in to the relevant officials, the Russian ministry's report said, adding, "The total number of regions, town, settlement and villages that have thus far joined the reconciliation plan stands at 2,267.
The Taliban in Swat and Bajaur Agency laid down arms before holding talks with government and the government will only think over Taliban demands if they lay down arms in other areas of the Province as well.
The Russian ministry's report said that militants in more regions laid down arms and joined peace with the army, and added, "The total number of regions, towns, settlements and villages that have thus far joined nationwide reconciliation plan stands at 2, 276,"
A large number of militants in Seif al-Dowleh, Salahuddin, Bostan al-Pasha, Karam al-Jabal, Bostasn al-Qasr have laid down arms and surrendered to the authorities," they added.
TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 200 members of the terrorist groups in Northeastern Aleppo who laid down arms and applied for amnesty were pardoned by Damascus.
According to the Arabic-language service of the Russia-based RT news channel, 30 militants that laid down arms and applied for amnesty in Northeastern Aleppo were pardoned by the Damascus government on Thursday after mediation by the Russian forces at the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria.
The Russian ministry's statement said that militants in over 2,202 regions, town and villages have thus far laid down arms and joined reconciliation plan with the Syrian government and army.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Militants in more regions have laid down arms and joined peace agreement with the Syrian Army, the Russian Defense Ministry said in its latest report on Saturday.
Hosham Mohammad al-Sha'ar announced that 672 gunmen that had laid down arms and applied for government amnesty received pardoning in line with implementation of the nationwide peace plan.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian government granted amnesty to over 70 militants who had laid down arms and gave up fight against Damascus troops in Hasaka province.