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Throw someone to the wolves

Posted by Kaye Richey on August 18, 2007

Re: "Throw someone to the wolves." In "My Antonia" Willa Cather attributes to two of her characters, immigrant brothers from Russia, the Russian incident of the wedding party in sleighs attacked by a huge pack of wolves. They throw the bride to the wolves in order to save themselves. Shunned, they emigrate to the US. The incident may well be a Russian urban legend, something that happened to "a friend of a cousin of babushka's milkman". In any event, for definition purposes I think that the key element of the act is doing it to save yourself.