nail to the wall

nail somebody to the wall

to punish or hurt someone severely I was so angry, I just wanted to nail the crooks to the wall.
See also: nail, wall

nail somebody to the wall

  (informal)
to punish or hurt someone severely because you are very angry with them I didn't care about why they did it, I just wanted to nail the guys that robbed me to the wall.
See also: nail, wall
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But what an honours board the club will nail to the wall of their new clubhouse in the season to come.
In the end, it shouldn't matter whether it's Jesse Jackson or Jesse Helms you want to nail to the wall.