throw\ to\ the\ wolves

• throw (one) to the wolves
• feed one to the wolves
v. phr.
1. To turn someone into a scapegoat.

In order to explain the situation to the media, the governor blamed the mayor and threw him to the wolves.

2. To send into danger without protection.

Mary was very shy. Her friends did not come to speak before the club in her place. they threw her to the wolves.

The boys on the football team were so small that when they played a good team they were thrown to the wolves.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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