A: Are we dependent on that for anything?

B: I don't actually know for sure

B: Tom / Ben would be the best bet here.

B: My feeling is that we take the sword to this if we can

What is the meaning of the last sentence? I am curious about "take the sword to".

  • Could you narrow down the context or add a source? A rough guess would be to slice in two or destroy...
    – user3169
    Commented Apr 6, 2018 at 1:52

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Take the sword to (or take a sword to, take an axe to, put it to the axe) means to get rid of something or destroy it.

"A" asks do we need this for anything? and "B" says I don't know, but I feel we should get rid of it.

The use is causal and might refer to (for example) taking code out of a program or deleting scenes from a story or removing dishes from a dinner plan. It rarely means destroying physical objects.


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