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English definition of “put/stick the knife into sb”

put/stick the knife into sb

(also put/stick the knife in)
to be unpleasant about someone or try to harm them: The reviewer in the magazine that I read really put the knife in.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
(Definition of put/stick the knife into sb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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