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have by the tail

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have by the tail

verb phrase

  1. HAVE someone BY THE BALLS (1940s+)
  2. To have control of: I know all young people are sure they can have it by the tail (1796+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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