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like a lamb being led to (the) slaughter

Quietly or obediently, without concern for or knowledge of some danger or trouble that one is facing. When I did business with Michael, I was like a lamb being led to the slaughter—I had no idea he was such a criminal mastermind. The poor kid and his defense team had no idea what the prosecution had in store—it was like lambs being led to the slaughter the moment the trial began. The six employees were unaware the meetings were to tell them they'd been laid off, and they each marched down to the meeting room like a lamb being led to slaughter.
See also: being, lamb, led, like, slaughter

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. The poor kid and his defense team weren't aware of what the prosecution had in store—it was like lambs to slaughter the moment the trial began.
See also: lamb, like, slaughter

like a pig being led to (the) slaughter

Quietly or obediently, without concern for or knowledge of some danger or trouble that one is facing. An uncommon variant of "like a lamb to (the) slaughter." When I worked with Michael, he manipulated me into venturing into all sorts of shady and downright illegal ventures, like a pig being led to the slaughter. The poor kid and his defense team had no idea what the prosecution had in store—it was like a pig being led to the slaughter the moment the trial began. The six employees were unaware the meetings were to tell them they'd been laid off, and they each marched down to the meeting room like a pig being led to slaughter.
See also: being, led, like, pig, slaughter

like a pig to (the) slaughter

Quietly or obediently, without concern for or knowledge of some danger or trouble that one is facing. An uncommon variant of "like a lamb to (the) slaughter." When I worked with Michael, he manipulated me into venturing into all sorts of shady and downright illegal ventures, like a pig to the slaughter. The poor kid and his defense team had no idea what the prosecution had in store—it was like a pig to the slaughter the moment the trial began. The six employees were unaware the meetings were to tell them they'd been laid off, and they each marched down to the meeting room like a pig to slaughter.
See also: like, pig, slaughter

slaughtered

slang Extremely drunk. They kept pushing shots in front of me because it was my birthday, so I was totally slaughtered by the end of the night. We went into the first bar we could find and got slaughtered on the cheapest booze they had.
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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

murder

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.

slaughter

verb
See murder

slaughtered

mod. drunk. Garth went out and got himself slaughtered again last night.
See also: slaughter

like lambs to the slaughter

Helpless and unaware of danger. This figure of speech first appeared in the Old Testament’s Book of Isaiah (“He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,” 53:7) and again in the Book of Jeremiah (“I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter,” 11:19) and has been repeated ever since. In recent decades it was sometimes changed to like pigs to the slaughter, with essentially the same meaning.
See also: lamb, like, slaughter
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The fees for the slaughtering of animals are: Dh15 per goat or sheep, Dh40 per calf or young camel, and Dh60 per older cow or camel.
As one of the two Plaintiff in the case, late in the evening of 13 June 2014, I filed an entry with the Chunnakam Police bringing to the notice of the Ilavalai Police and other police authorities that Temple Authorities would be slaughtering 'Animals and Birds', without license, as the prime requirement as ordered by the Mallakam Courts Magistrate.
Fees for slaughtering are Dhs15 per goat or sheep, Dhs40 per calf or young camel, and Dhs60 per older cattle.
All animals brought to the abattoirs for slaughtering would be checked by veterinary inspectors to ensure that they don't show any signs of diseases and is fit for consumption.
Three practical items should be included in the campaign: 1) a list of detailed symptoms of HPAI in poultry and humans; 2) guidelines on raising and slaughtering home-raised poultry, with a list of protective equipment such as boots, masks, and goggles, as well as cleaning materials; 3) instructions on how to report sick birds or persons to the Thai Ministry of Health.
In 2001, he changed his plant to food processing from slaughtering and produces value-added product such as beef jerky, pepperettes, and kabassa, to name a few.
Deogratias Ekisa of the Catholic Church in Tororo Archdiocese in eastern Uganda says slaughtering animals is a privilege which Christians have accorded Muslims by being sensitive to their religion.
The basic procedure for slaughtering animals and birds is simple to learn, though it requires skill and practice to carry out.
KOHAT -- In the absence of proper slaughterhouse the butchers here have been slaughtering cattle inside their homes instead of changing temporary facilities at various places to save the meat from catching dirt.
PESHAWAR -- District administration arrested three butchers Charsadda Road for conducting illegal slaughtering in their shops.
Abu Dhabi: Slaughterhouses across the capital are ready to meet the demand for slaughtering of animals during Eid Al Adha, the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City announced in a statement issued on Sunday.
Chaklala Cantt administration have warned all butchers that they should make sure the process of slaughtering of their animals takes place in the slaughter house of Chaklala in order to avoid any legal proceedings because selling meat without stamp of Cant Board is illegal as per rules .
He said that a watchful eye should be kept on water injected and other harmful chemicals adulterated meat and illegal slaughtering of animals.
Mr Crow said Ms Davidson had understood that slaughtering Shambo would interfere with the community's right to practise religion, but decided that it was still necessary to protect public health.
David Anderson QC, for the Skanda Vale Community, said slaughtering Shambo would be a "violation of deeply held religious views" under the European Convention on Human Rights.