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English definition of “throw sb to the dogs”

throw sb to the dogs

to allow someone to be criticized or attacked, often in order to protect yourself from being criticized or attacked: I really felt as if I'd been thrown to the dogs just to save other people's reputations.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
(Definition of throw sb to the dogs from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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