put (someone) to the sword

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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 someone to the sword

kill someone, especially in war.
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put to the sword

To kill; slay.
See also: put, sword
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Many a time have I set eyes upon him in battle when he was driving the Argives to their ships and putting them to the sword.
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