beat swords into ploughshares

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

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  • beat swords into ploughshares —    If people beat swords into ploughshares, they spend money on humanitarian purposes rather than weapons. (The American English spelling is plowshares )   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • beat swords into ploughshares — beat/turn swords into ploughshares formal to stop preparing for war and to start using the money you previously spent on weapons to improve people s lives. It would have been unrealistic to expect a country like the United States to turn swords… …   New idioms dictionary

  • beat swords into ploughshares — ► beat (or turn) swords into ploughshares devote resources to peaceful rather than warlike ends. [ORIGIN: with biblical allusion to the books of Isaiah (chapter 2) and Micah (chapter 4).] Main Entry: ↑sword …   English terms dictionary

  • beat swords into ploughshares — beat (or turn) swords into ploughshares devote resources to peaceful rather than warlike ends Origin: with biblical allusion to Is. 2:4 and Mic. 4:3 …   Useful english dictionary

  • beat swords into ploughshares — Meaning Origin From The Bible, Old Testament, Isaiah ii They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • beat (or turn) swords into ploughshares — devote resources to peaceful rather than warlike ends. [with biblical allusion to Is. 2:4 and Mic. 4:3.] → sword …   English new terms dictionary

  • turn swords into ploughshares — beat/turn swords into ploughshares formal to stop preparing for war and to start using the money you previously spent on weapons to improve people s lives. It would have been unrealistic to expect a country like the United States to turn swords… …   New idioms dictionary

  • turn swords into ploughshares — ► beat (or turn) swords into ploughshares devote resources to peaceful rather than warlike ends. [ORIGIN: with biblical allusion to the books of Isaiah (chapter 2) and Micah (chapter 4).] Main Entry: ↑sword …   English terms dictionary

  • Swords to ploughshares — is a concept in which military weapons or technologies are converted for peaceful civilian applications. The plowshare is often used to symbolize creative tools that benefit mankind, as opposed to destructive tools of war, symbolized by the sword …   Wikipedia

  • Pitstop Ploughshares — The Pitstop Ploughshares are a group of five members of the Catholic Worker who made their way into Shannon Airport and damaged a US Navy C 40 transport in the early hours of 3 February 2003. Their actions were inspired by the vision of Isaiah… …   Wikipedia

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