Definition of like a lamb to the slaughter in English:

like a lamb to the slaughter

phrase

  • As a helpless victim.

    • ‘I don't know what I was thinking; I went into this gig like a lamb to the slaughter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She must have known what was up when she saw the chaise but she gets in like a lamb to the slaughter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But now he too is heading like a lamb to the slaughter: ‘in some far-off dawn a crumbling cross’ shall mark his gift.’
    • ‘Jesus has chosen passivity - being ‘led 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.’
    • ‘Thus, Labour chiefs believe Osborne will be like a lamb to the slaughter for Brown.’
    • ‘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.’
    submissive, yielding, unresisting, obedient, compliant, tame, biddable, tractable, acquiescent, deferential, weak, timid, frightened, spineless, spiritless, unprotesting, like a lamb to the slaughter
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