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like a lamb to (the) slaughter

Without concern for what is to come (because one does not foresee the trouble ahead). This phrase comes from the Bible. When I did business with Michael, I was like a lamb to the slaughter—I had no idea he was such a criminal mastermind.
See also: lamb, like, slaughter

like lambs to the slaughter

 and like a lamb to the slaughter
Fig. quietly and without seeming to realize the likely difficulties or dangers of a situation. Young men fighting in World War I simply went like lambs to the slaughter. Our team went on the football field like lambs to the slaughter to meet the league-leaders.
See also: lamb, like, slaughter

like pigs to the slaughter

Rur. obediently and in large numbers. (See also like lambs to the slaughter.) Look at all the people lining up to mail their tax forms on time, like pigs to the slaughter.
See also: like, pig, slaughter

like a lamb to the slaughter

Also, as lambs to the slaughter. Innocently and helplessly, without realizing the danger. For example, She agreed to appeal to the board, little knowing she would go like a lamb to the slaughter . This expression appears in several biblical books (Isaiah, Jeremiah), and the simile itself was used by Chaucer.
See also: lamb, like, slaughter

like a lamb to the slaughter

If someone goes somewhere like a lamb to the slaughter, they go there quietly and obediently because they have not realized that it will be dangerous or unpleasant, or because they are powerless. His young bride walked down the aisle like a lamb to the slaughter. Note: People sometimes use sheep instead of lamb. I had no idea what the interview would be like and went to it like a sheep to the slaughter.
See also: lamb, like, slaughter

like a lamb to the slaughter

as a helpless victim.
This expression is found in the Bible in Isaiah 53:7: ‘he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter’, an image later applied to Jesus.
See also: lamb, like, slaughter

(like) a lamb/lambs to the ˈslaughter

(do something or go somewhere) without protesting, probably because you do not realize that you are in danger: When the war started, thousands of young men went off to fight, like lambs to the slaughter.
Slaughter is the killing of animals for their meat.
See also: lamb, slaughter


and slaughter
tv. to overwhelm; to beat someone in a sports contest. We went out on the field prepared to slaughter them. The murdered us in the second half.


See murder


mod. drunk. Garth went out and got himself slaughtered again last night.
See also: slaughter
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Slaughterers seldom pay attention to the chapters of history.
I make no distinction between the slaughterers, like Joshua, Moses, David and Saul in the Old Testament, and later Christians who slew Mithraics, and other Pagans in pursuit of religious and political supremacy.
beef slaughterers to stop using pneumatic stunning with air.
Once an influential force in Jewish life but relegated centuries ago to a near-pariah status, the Karaite sect of Judaism was given renewed vigor Sunday as the High Court ordered the Chief Rabbinate to authorize slaughter (shechita) of meat by Karaite ritual slaughterers.
35/head for cattle slaughterers, 60p/head for sheep producers and 20p/head for sheep slaughterers.
The National Beef Association is urging slaughterers to ask multiples for extra payments.
GOODMANS Slaughterers Ltd of Warwick Road, Ettington, Warwickshire have been fined pounds 20,000 plus pounds 2,000 costs following pollution of the River Dene.
The body of Edward Noddings, head of a prominent local slaughterers firm, was discovered after police were alerted at about 6pm yesterday.
FARMERS have been urged to avoid using the Single Farm Payment to subsidise slaughterers and supermarkets by selling finished cattle for less than the cost of production.
Funding for slaughter waste was not state aid, it said, because there was no economic benefit to the slaughterers.
Slaughterers somehow missed her and she was found lying next to her dead mother.
In particular by the then Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd who, back in 1993, not only opposed UN military intervention to stop Milosevic slaughtering Bosnians, but who supported an arms embargo which made them sitting ducks for their Serb slaughterers - and prevented them from defending their women and children.
Dr Philip Monk, consultant in communicable diseases at Leicestershire Health Authority, said: 'We have been looking to see what patterns of slaughtering took place in this area, and where meat from these slaughterers entered the food chain.
He then went on the address smartphones, stating all "klei kodesh" (holy vessels) -- fundraisers, Torah students, Torah teachers, educational supervisors, institutional administrators, ritual slaughterers and scribes may not have such a device -- without exception.