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fall on one's sword

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fall on one's sword

verb phrase

To commit suicide, esp after a defeat and for the good of the general cause: Cells that become irreparably damaged are expected to fall on their swords for the greater good of the organism

[1990s+; fr the ancient Roman mode of self-immolation, reflected in Horatio's noble sentiment ''I am more an antique Roman than a Dane'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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