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.
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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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It's another tough game, another banana skin, people seem to be putting us to the sword a bit recently.