put to the sword

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be put to the sword

To be slain or executed, especially in or as a consequence of war. Scores of villagers were put to the sword by the merciless invaders, and those who survived were left with a ravaged, empty township.
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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.
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put to the sword

To kill; slay.
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Scarlets top the Pro12 this term but were put to the sword during a devastating second-half Warriors blitz.
Louis van Gaal's men are still looking for a first competitive win under the Dutchman after two goals apiece from Will Grigg and Benik Afobe saw the Barclays Premier League side put to the sword at stadium:mk.
REIGNING Lowland League champions Spartans put up a valiant fight, but were put to the sword by League One Morton in the first round of the Scottish Petrofac Training Cup.
The patriarch added that Christians were publicly put to the sword after being dispossessed of all belongings and warned against far more worse to come.
He accepts that Saturday was simply one of those days where Albion were put to the sword by a rampant opponent - not least Luis Suarez, who produced a wonderful performance.
CRICKET: Teenage batsman Dominic Sibley hit an unbeaten 220 to become the youngest Surrey batsman to make a first-class hundred as Yorkshire were put to the sword on day three of the County Championship Division I clash at the Oval.
But on their second Stag do in a fortnight, Marcus Law's side were put to the sword once again by play-off-chasing Mans-field by virtue of a solitary firsthalf strike.
CAMMELL LAIRD were put to the sword in the Evo-Stik League First Division North going down 7-0 at Bamber Bridge.
Slovenia proved a tough nut for Italy to crack in a recent qualifier, but the Faroe Islands are the only country they have been able to put to the sword in their last four home matches.
Atherstone Town were put to the sword 4-2 by rockbottom AFC Hayes at Farm Park.
IT was meant to be the greatest re-enactment of a Viking battle ever staged - a village put to the sword without a drop of blood being spilled.
DIVISION Three Second XI visitors Cross Keys were put to the sword by Lisvane IV, who got them all out for 48 with Gary Morgan returning 4.
The Bulldogs had been put to the sword over the Easter period with two embarrassing defeats to Halifax and Toulouse, totalling 132 points conceded, but they departed Stobart Stadium Halton with a lot of dignity and pride after they got within 10 points at one stage.
Fit again Ben Davies underlined his importance to Shrewsbury with two stunning goals as Dagenham were put to the sword.