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to unsheathe the sword
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Unsheathe \Un*sheathe"\, v. t. [1st pref. un- + sheath.] To deprive of a sheath; to draw from the sheath or scabbard, as a sword. [1913 Webster] To unsheathe the sword, to make war. [1913 Webster]