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have (one's) ass in a sling
vulgar slang To punish one for a wrongdoing. When the boss finds out I haven't handed in my budget yet, he'll have my ass in a sling.
ass in a sling, have one's
Also, get one's ass in a sling. Be (or get) in trouble, in a painfully awkward position, as in When the news about the slump in sales gets out he'll have his ass in a sling. Probably originating in the American South, this idiom may refer to so vigorous a kick in the buttocks (for which ass is a rude synonym) that the injured person requires a sling of the kind used to support a broken arm. [ Vulgar slang; c. 1930]