Beat swords into ploughshares meaning

What does the saying 'Beat swords into ploughshares' mean?

Idiom: Beat swords into ploughshares

Meaning: If people beat swords into ploughshares, they spend money on humanitarian purposes rather than weapons. (The American English spelling is 'plowshares')

Country: International English | Subject Area: War, weapons and conflict | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used
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