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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)
Translations of “the knives are out”
in Chinese (Simplified) 磨刀霍霍, 剑拔弩张…
in Chinese (Traditional) 磨刀霍霍, 劍拔弩張…
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