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, to
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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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. We stood still and marvelled, for Achilles in his anger with the son of Atreus suffered us not to fight.
The Marsh Lane club welcomed Golcar CC on Sunday July 1 before putting them to the sword with 141/3 to Golcar's 137 all out.
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