night of the long knives


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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.
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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’.
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Instead, on the Night of the Long Knives, the Nazis hunted and executed Papen's trusted associates, Herbert von Bose and Erich Klausener, and seized control of the government.
Six of the side who started that tie at the MK Dons Stadium, including Keane, never played for United again as Van Gaal exacted retribution on his own night of the long knives.
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On June 30, 1934, Adolf Hitler launched his "blood purge'' of political and military rivals in Germany in what came to be known as "The Night of the Long Knives.
The alternative is to mount a Night Of The Long Knives from the outset, purging the old guard and promoting powerful younger leaders.
The party's version of the Night of the Long Knives went terribly wrong and it makes people question, and rightly so, the leadership of McHenry Venaani.
It all points to the night of the long knives, though let us hope that, through some miracle, peace breaks out across cathedral hill.
In the days before 30 June 1934, later dubbed the Night of the Long Knives, the atmosphere was particularly oppressive," he added.
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No night of the long knives here, though, in case you were wondering.
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