the knives are out (for someone)


used to say that people are ready to blame or punish someone for something often in a way that is unfair
They lost yet another important game, and now the knives are out for their coach.

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“The knives are out (for someone).” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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