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catch a tan

To tan, as from the sun or in a tanning bed. The water's too cold for my liking, so I'll just catch a tan on the beach instead.
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farmer's tan

A tan line or sunburn on the neck and lower arms that results from wearing a T-shirt during prolonged sun exposure and that is clearly demarcated from the pale skin of the chest and upper arms that remained covered. It was so warm that I only wore a T-shirt on the four-hour hike, but I had a pretty gnarly farmer's tan by the end of the day.
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tan (one's) hide

To spank someone. Young lady, I will tan your hide if you disobey me again!
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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.
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tan someone's hide

Also, have someone's hide. Spank or beat someone, as in Dad said he'd tan Billy's hide if he caught him smoking, or I'll have your hide if you take something without paying for it. This term uses hide in the sense of "skin." The allusion in the first expression is to a spanking that will change one's skin just as chemicals tan animal hide (convert it into leather). [Second half of 1600s]
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tan someone's hide

1 beat or flog someone. 2 punish someone severely.
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mod. alcohol intoxicated. (Preserved like a tanned hide of an animal.) Tom is too tanned to drive. Get him out of that car.
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Shortly afterward, Corporal Tanner left the Ordnance Department and began working as a committee clerk for the New York State Legislature.
Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit' celebrates Tanner as an innovative painter of Biblical subjects, whose art bridges the 19th-century paradigm of history painting and the 20th-century paradigm of personalized symbolist art.
Schroeder said Chris Tanner faces potential charges of second-degree trespass, resisting arrest, harassment of an officer and interfering with police, according to Williams' report.
The convenient position of the Terry Platt's warehouse on Council Street West made it the perfect spot for the launch of a new branch of Tanners Wines in July 2009.
Mrs Tanner is described as white, of slim build and 5ft 1ins tall, with blonde, shoulder length hair.
Tanner finds that both of these approaches relate economics and theology only indirectly or inferentially.
If all goes well, our golden date (grand opening) should be in the third quarter of 2007," Tanner said.
You forget how good former "Roseanne" star (and Steppenwolf Theatre alumna) Metcalf routinely is until you see her unleash a drunk scene like the one Tanner gives Michelle.
THE father of tragic Paul Tanner said he would never forgive his son's killer.
In 1927, Tanner started his own jewelry business, selling class rings and graduation pins from the trunk of his car.
It's taken a decade and a half and 18 productions for out playwright Justin Tanner to put gay characters front and center in one of his shows.
Eastern Michigan University, course on "Color technology," EMU Campus, Livonia, MI, Sandra Tanner (734) 487-2203--October 4-5.
The thinking behind the deal with RBH Salmons is explained by James Tanner, joint managing director of Tanners Wines.
The "new face in golf" has attracted players of every ethnicity and has inspired Craig Tanner to change with the times.
Pay-as-you-go retirment systems in every country are heading toward total disaster," says Michael Tanner of the CATO Institute.