A military cry to general massacre without quarter. This cry
was forbidden in the ninth year of Richard II. on pain of death.
Probably it was originally used in hunting wild beasts, such as wolves,
lions, etc., that fell on sheep-folds, and Shakespeare favours this
suggestion in his Julius Caesar, where he says Até shall “cry
havock! and let slip the dogs of war.” (Welsh, hafog,
devastation; Irish, arvach; compare Anglo-Saxon havoc, a
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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