nail to a cross

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nail someone to a cross

 and nail someone('s hide) to the wall
Fig. to punish or scold someone severely. (Literally, to crucify someone or to nail someone's skin to the wall like that of a captured animal.) That guy was really mad. He really nailed you to a cross. She must hate your guts. She sure nailed your hide to the wall.
See also: cross, nail
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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.