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night of the long knives

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Definition of night of the long knives in English:

noun

A treacherous massacre or betrayal, especially the massacre of the Brownshirts on Hitler’s orders in June 1934.
Example sentences
  • Partly because of conservative pressure, Hitler arrested and executed the SA's leadership on 30 June 1934-the night of the long knives.
  • People like the Finance Minister were told there would be no night of the long knives.
  • It has also been suggested there will be a campaign position for the former finance minister who was culled with other Cabinet figures in the so-called night of the long knives in 2001.

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