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    fling away the scabbard

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    We have to fling away the scabbard.

    fling away the scabbard = throw into battle

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: fling away the scabbard

    Not a teacher only a native.

    I think you are right with your interpretation. To go all out in warfare or full attack. Although I haven't heard the expression myself, it would make sense as a scabbard what you rest a sword in (like a holster would be for a gun). So if you 'fling it away', you do not intend to put your sword back.

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