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get (one's) ears pinned back

To be harshly reprimanded. Jeff got his ears pinned back for what he did in the cafeteria. I'm going to get my ears pinned back if I'm not home by curfew.
See also: back, ear, get, pin
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

get one's ears pinned back

Fig. to experience a severe scolding. Jimmy was ordered to report to the principal's office and got his ears pinned back.
See also: back, ear, get, pin
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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She was "tortured" over her ears for seven years, CNN reported, so Ilse began at the age of 10 to ask her mother is she could get her ears pinned back in a procedure called an otoplasty.