- wholeheartedly aggressive; zealous; gung-ho: a businessman with a take-no-prisoners attitude toward dealmaking.
Origin of take-no-prisoners
First recorded in 1990–95
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Examples from the Web for take-no-prisoners
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And Ford delivers another impressive performance as the hard-ass, take-no-prisoners colonel; like a hardened, grizzled Han Solo.Harrison Ford Discusses ‘Ender’s Game,’ Drone Warfare, Vietnam, and Playing A Badass President
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Generations of correspondents and producers were influenced by his take-no-prisoners approach.Howard Kurtz Remembers Mike Wallace, Legendary CBS Newsman, Dead at 93
April 8, 2012