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take-no-prisoners

[teyk-noh-priz-uh-nerz, ‐priz-nerz] /ˈteɪkˌnoʊˈprɪz ə nərz, ‐ˈprɪz nərz/
adjective
1.
wholeheartedly aggressive; zealous; gung-ho:
a businessman with a take-no-prisoners attitude toward dealmaking.
Origin of take-no-prisoners
1990-1995
First recorded in 1990-95
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take-no-prisoners

modifier

Ruthless; uncompromising: Ciarelli's take-no-prisoners approach earned her fifty-five thousand dollars on the sand last year

[1990s+; fr the putative command of a combat officer that all enemies be killed, none captured]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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