a box on the ear

a box on the ear

A physical blow struck on or around the ear, usually as a punishment or reprimand for some behavior. Mom gave me a box on the ear when I arrived home late. Back in my day, kids would get a box on the ear for sassing elders like that! Man, I am definitely going to get a box on the ear when my parents see that I'm failing Geometry this semester.
See also: box, ear, on
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