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have one's head handed to one

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have one's head handed to one

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To be severely punished: The emir said nothing at all, and sped off to his palace. This is just the sort of thing that has gotten other rulers their heads handed to them (1980s+)

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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