lay down your arms


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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.
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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Lay down your arms, my friends - lay down your arms!
"Here they are," says he; "here's our captain and fifty men with him, have been hunting you these two hours; the boatswain is killed; Will Fry is wounded, and I am a prisoner; and if you do not yield you are all lost." "Will they give us quarter, then?" says Tom Smith, "and we will yield." "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.
Just surrender and lay down your arms. There's a job waiting for you.
Brando's statement said: "For 200 years, we have said to the Indian people who are fighting for their land, their life, their families and their right to be free, 'lay down your arms my friends, and then we will remain together'.
Brando's statement said, "For 200 years, we have said to the Indian people who are fighting for their land, their life, their families and their right to be free, 'lay down your arms my friends, and then we will remain together'.