give (one's) head for the washing(redirected from gave their heads for the washing)
give (one's) head for the washing
To submit passively to a reprimand, punishment, or some sort of mistreatment. I knew I was getting home after curfew, and that my parents would be angry about it, so I just gave my head for the washing and didn't try to sneak in. Don't just give your head for the washing—tell him that he can't talk to you like that!