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lions Lions Club a worldwide charitable society devoted to social and international service, taking its membership primarily from business and professional groups.
lions led by donkeys courageous troops disastrously under the command of stupid leaders. The phrase is often used in the context of the First World War, but is recorded from earlier conflicts, such as the Boer War and the Franco-Prussian War.
see the lions see the things of note, celebrity, or curiosity for which a particular place is known. The expression comes from the practice of taking visitors to see the lions which were once kept in the Tower of London.
throw someone to the lions to put in an unpleasant or dangerous situation, originally with reference to the practice in imperial Rome of throwing religious and political dissidents, especially Christians, to wild beasts as a method of execution. The earliest use in English appears to be in a 17th-century sermon. The Latin phrase Christianos ad leones ‘Throw the Christians to the lions’ is recorded in Tertullian's Apologeticus.

See also lion, a pride of lions.

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Lions International

Lions International, organization of business and professional people, founded (1917) by Melvin Jones. The International Association of Lions Clubs (popularly known as Lions International) is devoted to meeting community needs either through its own efforts or in cooperation with other agencies. Its clubs throughout the world conduct activities in the following areas: agriculture, children and youth, citizenship and patriotism, civic improvements, community betterment, education, health and welfare, safety, sight conservation and the blind, and the United Nations. The official organ is the Lion.

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Lions

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