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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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(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.
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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.
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She urged residents of Sharjah to avoid illegal slaughtering and avail the services at the abattoirs which maintain the highest standards of quality to ensure public health safety.
To take all necessary action to prevent cruelty to animals and slaughtering at the temple by the 1 to 4 Respondents, a written order was sought.
Appeals by the government to quell the dispute through the ministry of animal industry, which wrote to Christians in the eastern region requesting them to respect the Muslim practice of slaughtering animals for public consumption has fallen on deaf ears.
This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in one or more of the following: (1) slaughtering animals; (2) preparing processed meats and meat by-products; and (3) rendering and/or refining animal fat, bones, and meat scraps.
Sohail Ali, a resident of G-6/2 sector, told that the butchers were free to fleece the citizens and overcharge them for slaughtering their sacrificial animals.
The slaughtering fees remain the same -- Dh15 per goat/sheep, Dh40 per calf/young camel and Dh60 per older cow/camel.
Mr Hoskins argued that there would be a negligible risk to human health if Shambo was kept in isolation, as opposed to the elimination of risk brought about by slaughtering him.
Before this establishment was licensed, no matter how many citations were issued, we were not able to control illegal slaughtering because the community's customs and religion demand purchasing live animals and slaughtering them for fresh meat,'' Dr.
It closed down small scale slaughtering houses, limited numbers of large scale slaughtering enterprises, controlled numbers of large scale slaughtering houses, plus stopped production in mid-size slaughtering houses.
He said that quantum of slaughtering animals has been drastically reduced due to illegal slaughter houses and cattle sheds being operated in Hyderabad City and Latifabad.
Despite awareness campaigns in Sharjah and Ajman about the dangers of illegal slaughtering of animals for Eid, residents continue to violate rules.
Separate halls will be built for slaughtering small and big animals in the slaughter house.
Meat shops, restaurants and individuals found slaughtering animals in undesignated places will risk fines, police warned.
This service is provided by the livestock companies to encouraging slaughtering in the Central Slaughter House.
Ness-Smith, who has also adopted three mustangs -- Tango, Indigo and Lakota -- said she would like to see adoption fees raised to further reduce the financial incentive for slaughtering a horse.