throw someone to the lions

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, 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, throw
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