(one's) head on a plate/platter

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(one's) head on a plate/platter

A phrase used hyperbolically to refer to a very harsh punishment. If I find out that Paul was the one who sabotaged my presentation to the board, I'll have his head on a plate! Identify the vandals, and bring me their heads on a platter!
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Labour wanted Douglas Hogg's head on a platter - complete with that silly fedora hat.
But if we couldn't have Hogg's head on a platter, at least it has been back on our TV screens for several days in the build-up to last night's vote.