Take No Prisoners

Sometimes you hear someone described as having a “take no prisoners attitude.” I always thought this meant they were generous — heck, they aren’t taking any prisoners, that’s nice of them. It turns out — and I learned this only today on Bunny Watson — that when you “take no prisoners” it means that you kill everyone. Which isn’t very nice at all.

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paul on May 23, 2005 - 00:18 Permalink

Tales of a misspent youth, I guess: I knew that. I mean, if they weren’t taking prisoners, what else would they do with them?

This seems to be Pete’s week to reveal gaps in his knowledge: I wait with bated breath to see what comes up next.

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Peter Rukavina on May 23, 2005 - 00:22 Permalink

How about how I thought that the word “awry” was pronounced “ow — ree.”

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Zach on July 22, 2010 - 00:53 Permalink

No mercy, being very harsh, is the meaning, I like Give no quarter better.