come down on (one) like a ton of bricks

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come down on (one) like a ton of bricks

slang To punish someone swiftly and harshly. Mom will come down on you like a ton of bricks if you come home past curfew again. When I was caught cheating on a test, the principal came down on me like a ton of bricks.
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