coal in (one's) stocking(redirected from coal in their stockings)
coal in (one's) stocking
1. What naughty children are said to receive from Santa Claus. When the kids are acting up during the holidays, I just tell them they're going to get coal in their stockings if they keep it up—works every time!
2. By extension, some punishment or undesirable outcome as a result of one's behavior or conduct. With a jail sentence looming, it seems like the greedy CEO who defrauded the company will be getting coal in his stockings this year.
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