lay down your arms


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lay down (one's) arms

1. Literally, to lay down one's weapon, as part of a truce, treaty, or surrender. We have you surrounded! Instruct your troops to lay down their arms! We're hoping that the various militant factions in the region will begin laying down their arms if the peace treaty is accepted.
2. 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.
See also: arm, down, lay

lay down your ˈarms

stop fighting in a war etc: Tell your men to lay down their arms — the war’s over.
See also: arm, down, lay
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I'll go and ask, if you promise to yield," said Robinson: so he asked the captain, and the captain himself then calls out, "You, Smith, you know my voice; if you lay down your arms immediately and submit, you shall have your lives, all but Will Atkins.
Still I'll forgive your crimes, so come and lay down your arms,' Zehri said.