What does take no prisoners mean?


Idiom Meaning:

show no mercy and aggressively pursue an objective


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Tommy Boy (1995)

Time of Scene: ~00:34:40

Richard Hayden: All right, now it’s sale time. So remember, we don’t take no…?

Tommy: No shit from anyone.

Richard Hayden: No.

Tommy: Um, we don’t take no prisoners.

Richard Hayden: We don’t take no for an answer.

Tommy: Oh yeah. We don’t take no for an answer! We don’t take no for an answer.

Manager: No.

Tommy: Okey-dokey.

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The Young Ones “Sick” (1984)

Time of Scene: ~00:07:50

Vyvyan: You can’t clean the toilet, Neil. It’ll lose all its character.

Rick: We never clean the toilet, Neil. That’s what being a student is all about. No way, Harpic. No way, Dot. All that Blue Loo scene is for squares. One thing’s for sure, Neil. When Cliff Richard wrote Wired for Sound, no way was he sitting on a clean lavatory. He was living on the limit, just like me. Where the only place to put bleach is in your hair.

Vyvyan: Living on Limits? What, are you on a diet?

Rick: No, I live on The Limit, Vyvyan. The Limit. Because I’m a Rider at the Gates of Dawn and I take no prisoners.


Zombie Strippers (2008)

Time of Scene: ~00:26:00

Kat: You have to be a warrior. A soldier. Fearless. Uninhibited. A stripper with a take-no-prisoners raw survival instinct.



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