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1.
1) This phrase refers to any event where innocent person(s) were taken quietly and unassumingly to their deaths without the people who know them discovering about it until after it happened.

2) It is also a short story by Roald Dahl, the author of charlie and the chocolate factory.
"The Jews were lead to the showers like lambs to the slaughter during WWII"


"At Gethsemane, Christ knew he had to be led like a lamb to the sluaghter"
by Gumba Gumba March 10, 2004
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2.
A person accepting punishment/harm with dignity, without crying out, as Jesus was during his crucifixion.
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.
by EJL March 31, 2004
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