throw (one) to the lions

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throw (one) to the lions

To sacrifice one to ruin, destruction, or hostility from others, especially for the benefit or survival of the one performing the action. He cares nothing for the people he works with and is willing to throw them to the lions if it means his stock might increase a bit. In the face of the scandal, the administration has been throwing to the lions anyone they can use to deflect blame from themselves.
See also: lion, throw

throw someone to the lions

If someone throws you to the lions, they allow you to be criticized severely or treated badly, and they do not try to protect you. Tanya isn't sure exactly why she's been thrown to the lions. Hollywood, in its desperate need to make money in a world which no longer worships the cinema, has thrown its stars to the lions. Compare with throw someone to the wolves. Note: In Roman times and at other periods in the past, people were sometimes put to death by being thrown into a den of lions.
See also: lion, someone, throw

throw someone to the lions

cause someone to be in an extremely dangerous or unpleasant situation.
In ancient Rome, Christians and other religious or political dissidents were thrown to the lions in the arena to be killed.
See also: lion, someone, throw