One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
As a helpless victim.
submissive, yielding, unresisting, obedient, compliant, tame, biddable, tractable, acquiescent, deferential, weak, timid, frightened, spineless, spiritless, unprotesting, like a lamb to the slaughterView synonyms
- ‘Jesus has chosen passivity - being ‘led like a lamb to the slaughter.’’
- ‘I don't know what I was thinking; I went into this gig like a lamb to the slaughter.’
- ‘I didn't know what I was doing, but I thought I did and I was like a lamb to the slaughter because of it.’
- ‘I hadn't even realized we were so close to the dance floor until Jamie grabbed my hand and led me like a lamb to the slaughter, onto that floor and began to sway to the beat of the music with me in his arms.’
- ‘Mike Pulsford, defending, said Penrose had arrived at court like a lamb to the slaughter knowing what sentence the youth court had already given to his accomplice.’
- ‘I watched him move around the pre-op room, a handsome man in his scrubs, tall and strong, unlike poor me, lying there like a lamb to the slaughter.’
- ‘But now he too is heading like a lamb to the slaughter: ‘in some far-off dawn a crumbling cross’ shall mark his gift.’
- ‘For the first time the audience knows what he does not know and cannot guess, that he is going like a lamb to the slaughter.’
- ‘She must have known what was up when she saw the chaise but she gets in like a lamb to the slaughter.’
- ‘Thus, Labour chiefs believe Osborne will be like a lamb to the slaughter for Brown.’
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