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tan someone's hide

to spank someone. Billy's mother said she'd tan Billy's hide if he ever did that again. "I'll tan your hide if you're late!" said Tom's father.
See also: hide, tan

tan somebody's hide

to hit someone, usually a child, many times as a punishment I'll tan that boy's hide if he touches my toolbox again.
See also: hide, tan
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The cave man used the meat for food, deer brains to tan hides for clothes, teeth for jewelry, the bladder to carry water in, fat to make candles, etc.
On the other hand, we do plan to make an old time traditional leather outfit for her, decorated with crow beads, but it does take a lot of time to tan hides.