the knives are out


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the knives are out

The opponents of someone or something are now seeking every opportunity to criticize, call for the termination of, or impede someone or something. The knives are out for the senator after his recent remarks, and I wouldn't be surprised if he was forced to resign. Watch yourself. Now that people are allowed to comment anonymously, the knives are out.
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the knives are out

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If the knives are out for someone, people are criticizing and trying to cause problems for that person. The knives are out for me at the moment. Now that she's married to one of the world's most famous men, the knives are out. Note: You can also say that someone has their knives out if they are eager to criticize someone or cause problems for them. Arendt and Huber had their knives out, and they were being encouraged to stick them in me.
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the knives are out (for someone)

there is open hostility (towards someone). informal
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the knives are ˈout (for somebody)

the situation has become so bad that people are preparing to make one person take the blame, for example by taking away their job: The knives are out for the minister. People are calling for his resignation.
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