Definition of take no prisoners in English:

take no prisoners


  • Be ruthlessly aggressive or uncompromising in the pursuit of one's objectives.

    ‘they will be taking no prisoners tonight against bitter rivals Wigan’
    • ‘He was a mighty, and very aggressive warrior who took no prisoners in war.’
    • ‘Football's about tough uncompromising individuals, who bleed real blood, take no prisoners and fight to the very end, yeah?’
    • ‘It was not the best, but some of the pitches were bad and referees were like some of the players - they took no prisoners.’
    • ‘When asked if there's a need to name and shame celebs who wear fur, the ‘Baywatch’ babe took no prisoners.’
    • ‘The German attack was led by a crack SS unit that took no prisoners.’
    • ‘We took no prisoners and hard things were said on both sides.’
    • ‘Harper took no prisoners in his Progressive Conservative takeover.’
    • ‘As far back as the 1930s the fashion industry took no prisoners.’
    • ‘They kicked a fair number of wides but then they were under pressure by a tigerish St Peters back line, who took no prisoners.’
    • ‘After all, this is a man who took no prisoners as a player, yet as a coach seems to be working side by side with men who never seem to be out of the dock, one way or the other.’