I've seen this phrase recently: на проводах в армию
I don't know what it means. Is it literal or an idiom, or...?
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Проводы мужа в командировку. Проводы детства.
In your example it matches another word —
Провод (a wire), so it might confuse you. This word is spelled the same, but has different meaning and sounding (homograph?). In speech you can distinguish them by accent.
прОвод, проводА (a wire, wires) прОводы (send-off) на проводАх (on wires) на прОводах (at send-off party)
(The stress is on capital letters.)
It doesn't means something related to wire (провод). Проводы means party (usually with family and some friends) when a young man is going to army. So "на проводах" means "at the party".
It's WRONG: You should read it as проводЫ with stress on last syllable. See comments below.
Your example: student stabbed his brother at the party.