over a barrel
In a weak or difficult position, as in Once the competitors found a flaw in our product, they had us over a barrel. This slangy expression, first recorded in 1938, supposedly alludes to reviving a drowning victim by placing the body head down over a barrel and rolling it back and forth, so as to empty the lungs of water. The expression survives, although happily the practice does not.
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They are always suspended over a precipice, dangling by a slender thread that shows every sign of snapping.
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It is most peculiar, and when he plays that way, the most bewitching little expression comes over his face.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
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After we had passed over this desert, we found several garisons to defend the caravans from the violence of the Tartars.
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Solely over one man therein thou hast quite absolute control.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou