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go to the stake

To be willing to do anything in defense of one's beliefs. These protests are dangerous—are you really ready to go to the stake for your religious beliefs?
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go to the stake

mainly BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you say that you would go to the stake to defend a principle or aim, you mean that you believe in it completely and would do anything to prove it. It's certainly not a cause that I would go to the stake for. Note: A stake is a wooden post. In the past, people were sometimes tied to a stake and burned alive for refusing to give up beliefs which the church considered heretical and wrong.
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