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something nasty in the woodshed

Something illicit, immoral, illegal, or scandalous that is kept secret or hidden away from public sight. A line taken from Stella Gibbon's 1933 novel Cold Comfort Farm, in which a character discusses "something nasty in the woodshed" she witnessed as a child. Primarily heard in UK. With multiple reports of abuse coming to light, it certainly seems there is something nasty in the woodshed at the hospice care center. While the film initially presents him as a kindly old man, it begins hinting that there's something nasty in the woodshed lurking behind his benevolent demeanor.

take (one) behind the woodshed

To punish, reprimand, or reprove someone, especially discreetly, secretly, or in private. Many suspect that the president took the former aide behind the woodshed over his inflammatory remarks to the press.
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take (one) to the woodshed

To punish, reprimand, or reprove someone, especially discreetly, secretly, or in private. Many suspect that the president took the former aide to the woodshed over his inflammatory remarks to the press.
See also: take, woodshed

something nasty in the woodshed

a shocking or distasteful thing kept secret. British informal
This expression is taken from Stella Gibbons 's comic novel Cold Comfort Farm ( 1933 ), in which Aunt Ada Doom's dominance over her family is maintained by constant references to her having seen something nasty in the woodshed in her youth. The details of the experience are never explained.

take someone to the woodshed

reprove or punish someone, especially discreetly. US informal, dated
This expression referred to the former practice of taking a naughty child to a woodshed to be punished, out of sight of other people.
See also: someone, take, woodshed

take (someone) to the woodshed

To reprimand or punish (someone).
See also: take, woodshed

trip to the woodshed

An instance of being reprimanded or punished.
See also: trip, woodshed
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I was feeling smug when I parked the truck near the woodshed, because it's rare that I replenish the stash of wood on the porch before we're out of decent wood.
Voters took him to the woodshed (he's a Texan, so he'll understand what that means) over Referendum A and FasTracks.
The author well remembers when in the early 1950's, he taught two years on the West Bank of the Jordan and asked the carpenter in the Mennonite Central Committee woodshed, in Jericho, how many yards long the olive wood tray was which he was making.
For several years we covered the stack with a plastic tarp; now we use a simple open-sided woodshed alongside the sugarhouse.
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In direct response to the officers who disagreed with or questioned his policies, Axworthy airily retorted, "They should be taken out to the woodshed.
Late last month, T&G Editor Harry Whitin let two furious columnists take him to the woodshed after he publicly apologized for a satirical column.
You would think the EPA and the Corps would get the message after being hauled out to the figurative woodshed three times by the courts.
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This self-guided tour to the political woodshed is unprecedented for a politician not retired or on promotional tour flacking some chokingly stale memoirs.
Lewis says, more or less tongue-in-cheek: "I told Bob I'm taking him out behind the woodshed and beating the heck out of him.