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English definition of “the knives are out”

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the knives are out

UK
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.
Translations of “the knives are out”
in Chinese (Traditional) 磨刀霍霍, 劍拔弩張…
in Chinese (Simplified) 磨刀霍霍, 剑拔弩张…
(Definition of the knives are out from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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