Definition of night of the long knives in English:

night of the long knives

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noun

  • A treacherous massacre or betrayal, especially the massacre of the Brownshirts on Hitler’s orders in June 1934.
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    • 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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