Meaning of “the knives are out” in the English Dictionary

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"the knives are out" in British English

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the knives are out

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used to refer to a situation when people are being unpleasant about someone, or trying to harm someone:

The knives are out for the former president.

(Definition of “the knives are out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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