Definition of beat (or turn) swords into ploughshares in English:

beat (or turn) swords into ploughshares


  • Devote resources to peaceful rather than warlike ends.

    • ‘Spiritless environmentalism may not ultimately be enough - but spirit-based environmentalism needs to act quickly if it is to show that it has the power to turn swords into ploughshares.’
    • ‘As a military member, my association with violence and war appears to compromise my service of the God who would turn swords into plowshares.’
    • ‘The work of a Cotswold charity that keeps alive the idea of beating swords into ploughshares will be highlighted by Comic Relief on Sunday.’
    • ‘Sensible, yes; but the industry is founded on an intimidation infrastructure, and has shown a marked disinclination to beat swords into ploughshares regardless of any cost/benefit rationale.’
    • ‘We are turning our swords into ploughshares and this step should be appreciated and followed by all other countries.’
    lay down arms, lay down weapons, demilitarize, turn over weapons, decommission arms, decommission weapons, become unarmed
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