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heads will roll

People will get into trouble and be punished. Heads will roll if there are any errors in the pamphlets we printed for this networking event.
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heads will roll

Fig. people will get into severe trouble. When the company's year-end results are known, heads will roll. Heads will roll when the principal sees the damaged classroom.
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heads will roll

Someone will be severely punished, as in If no one meets the chairman's plane, heads will roll. This hyperbolic expression alludes to the punishment of being beheaded.
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heads will roll

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If you say that heads will roll, you mean that someone will be punished, usually by losing their job or position. A big studio is said to be involved, and it is predicted that heads will soon roll there. Note: People also say, for example, that heads should roll or heads ought to roll. The widely-held view is that heads should roll over the losses. Note: In the past, people in important positions were sometimes beheaded if they were considered responsible for a mistake or problem.
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heads will roll

there will be some people dismissed or disgraced.
1975 Sam Selvon Moses Ascending It appears he went back for reinforcements, and is returning to make some drastic changes in the administration of the Establishment. Heads will roll, they say.
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ˌheads will ˈroll (for something)

(spoken, usually humorous) used to say that some people will be punished because of something that has happened: Have you seen this article about police corruption? Heads will roll, I’m sure.When the spy scandal was exposed, many said that heads should roll in the government.This comes from the idea that when people were punished by having their heads cut off, the heads rolled along the ground.
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heads will roll

in. someone will be punished. When I find out who did this, heads will roll.
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