like lambs to the slaughter

like a lamb to (the) slaughter

Without concern for what is to come (because one does not foresee the trouble ahead). This phrase comes from the Bible. When I did business with Michael, I was like a lamb to the slaughter—I had no idea he was such a criminal mastermind. The poor kid and his defense team weren't aware of what the prosecution had in store—it was like lambs to slaughter the moment the trial began.
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like lambs to the slaughter

 and like a lamb to the slaughter
Fig. quietly and without seeming to realize the likely difficulties or dangers of a situation. Young men fighting in World War I simply went like lambs to the slaughter. Our team went on the football field like lambs to the slaughter to meet the league-leaders.
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like lambs to the slaughter

Helpless and unaware of danger. This figure of speech first appeared in the Old Testament’s Book of Isaiah (“He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,” 53:7) and again in the Book of Jeremiah (“I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter,” 11:19) and has been repeated ever since. In recent decades it was sometimes changed to like pigs to the slaughter, with essentially the same meaning.
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