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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Blustering Boris butchered May's cabinet in one fell swoop - making Macmillan's "night of the long knives" look like an afternoon tea party.
The carnage surpassed even the infamous "Night of the Long Knives" reshuffle by his Conservative predecessor Harold Macmillan in 1962.
After a rambling speech full of promises to the poor, the NHS, schools and on reducing crime, without any hint of where the cash would come from, Mr Johnson then embarked on his night of the long knives by showing much of Mrs May's Cabinet the door.
It is the proverbial night of the long knives. The lines and the daggers have been drawn.
| 1934: Hitler's rival Ernst Rohm and hundreds of influential Nazis were murdered by the SS in what was dubbed "The Night of the Long Knives".
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(Remember the night of the long knives, when Speaker Joe de Venecia was removed from his post in an operation supervised by Arroyo's two sons, both then congressmen.)
1934: Hitler's "Night of the Long Knives" sees the execution of many prominent members of the powerful SA (Brownshirts) including its leader Ernst Rohm, whom Hitler saw as a potential rival.
1934: Adolf Hitler's rival Ernst Rohm and hundreds of influential Nazis were murdered by the SS in what was dubbed "The Night of the Long Knives".
NISS agents interrogated Younes on an article where he predicted a bloody purge (a Night of the Long Knives) within the National Congress Party, as he referred to a power struggle among the different factions of the ruling party.
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