Come and take Them

The reply of Leonidas, King of Sparta, to the messengers sent by Xerxes to Thermop'-ylae. Xerxes said, “Go, and tell those madmen to deliver up their arms.” Leonidas replied, “Go, and tell Xerxes to come and take them.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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