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English definition of “the knives are out”

the knives are out

UK
something you say that means that people are being unpleasant about someone, or trying to harm them: The knives are out for the former president.Not likingTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
(Definition of the knives are out from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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