have (one's) ass in a sling(redirected from had their ass in a sling)
have (one's) ass in a sling
1. rude slang To severely punish or berate 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.
2. rude slang To be sad, upset, or disappointed (possibly due to having been punished). A: "Why does Phil have his ass in a sling today?" B: "I think the boss wasn't thrilled that he handed in his budget late." I hope you don't have your ass in a sling because of the things I said to you—I was just joking!
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have one's ass in a slingand have got one's ass in a sling
Sl. to be dejected or hurt; to be pouting. (Potentially offensive. Use only with discretion.) She's got her ass in a sling because she got stood up. So you didn't get a perfect score. Why do you have your ass in a sling?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
have someone's ass in a slingor
put someone's ass in a slingAMERICAN, INFORMAL, RUDE
If someone has someone else's ass in a sling or puts someone else's ass in a sling, they punish them or cause trouble for them. I'm willing to bet Harris would put my ass in a sling for doing it. Note: You can also say that someone's ass is in a sling, meaning that they are in a difficult situation. His ass is in a sling and he knows it.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
have one’s ass in a sling
tv. to be dejected or hurt; to be pouting; to be in trouble. (Usually objectionable. Have got can replace have.) She’s got her ass in a sling because she got stood up.
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ass in a sling, to have/get one's
To be in deep trouble. The ass referred to is not the animal but the vulgar term for buttocks. The expression probably originated in the American South in the nineteenth century, and it is thought to refer to a kick in the buttocks so strong that the victim requires the kind of sling used to support an injured arm. The saying was common by about 1930.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer