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    Smile idiom question

    Hi. Has anyone heard of "let me break a sword for John", meaning "let me say a word of support for John"? This would be used especially when John is being criticized/attacked. I distinctly remember hearing often at work in the US many years ago, but today I cannot find a single quotation via google.

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    Mario

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    Quote Originally Posted by mario51t View Post
    Hi. Has anyone heard of "let me break a sword for John", meaning "let me say a word of support for John"? This would be used especially when John is being criticized/attacked. I distinctly remember hearing often at work in the US many years ago, but today I cannot find a single quotation via google.

    TIA,

    Mario
    Welcome to the forums.

    It sounds like a colloquialism used by a small group. It's the sort of phrase that someone coins and others pick up, but which does not go into general usage.

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