One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be malicious or vindictive towards someone.
- ‘And you're prepared to stick the knife into Anderson at any opportunity.’
- ‘When Charley said Zac had asked her out for a drink, it was a deliberate attempt to stick the knife into me.’
- ‘While she will not stick the knife into her former government colleagues - like previous women leaving senior office, that is not her style - she accepts politicians too must change.’
- ‘But if it were intended as a way of subtly sticking the knife into Mr Cameron, it seems to have failed.’
- ‘She stuck the knife into her ex-lover and twisted it with a ruthlessness that made every other dispute between politicians - whether personal or professional - appear tame by comparison.’
- ‘I believe if you have an artist come in for an interview it pays to be nice to them and not to stick the knife into them.’
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