put someone to the sword

put (someone) to the sword

To slay or execute someone, especially in or as a consequence of war. These prisoners will be shown no mercy: we shall put them to the sword before sunrise.
See also: put, sword

put someone to the sword

kill someone, especially in war.
See also: put, someone, sword
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PONTYPRIDD captain Dafydd Lockyer warned that his side could soon be about to put someone to the sword when they do finally click.
So from 35-33 in front, France were left in shock as Wales proved what their coach Graham Henry has always insisted - that one day they would put someone to the sword.
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