be out for/after (one's) scalp

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be out for/after (one's) scalp

To seek vengeance in an especially hostile or belligerent manner. This phrase is often used hyperbolically, although it can refer to physical violence. I'd avoid the boss if I were you—he's thinks that blunder was your fault, so he's out for your scalp. I got robbed by some punk last night, and now my brother is after the kid's scalp.
See also: after, out, scalp
References in classic literature ?
Mighty soon we'll have the cave so cluttered up with women, and fellows waiting to be ransomed, that there won't be no place for the rob- bers.