put to the sword

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put to the sword

  1. (idiomatic) To execute, especially by using a sword.
  2. (idiomatic) To severely defeat.
    • 2011 January 15, Kevin Darling, “West Ham 0 - 3 Arsenal”, BBC:
      Robin van Persie scored twice as ruthless Arsenal put struggling West Ham to the sword in a match tipped to be Avram Grant's last as Hammers boss.