for the high jump

for the high jump

Facing swift and harsh punishment. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. You will be for the high jump if you come home past curfew again. When I was caught cheating on the test, I knew I was for the high jump.
See also: high, jump

for the high jump

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If someone is for the high jump, it is certain that they will be punished for something they have done wrong. If Cartwright catches us now, we'll be for the high jump. Note: This expression may refer to criminals in the past being sentenced to death by hanging.
See also: high, jump
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The 21-year-old heptathlete star, who represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics, displayed her prodigious talent by breaking the British record for the high jump and then followed this up with victory in the long jump, setting a new personal best.
I swim finals, then qualified for the high jump finals the next day at the division track and field prelims.
It will be a welcome relief for Turpin, who sat on the infield for the duration of the meet while waiting for the high jump competition.