kick ass and take names

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kick ass and take names

To be unequivocally dominant and in control in some situation. The new regional manager made it clear that she was going to kick ass and take names when she takes over the position next month. Not a lot of people had faith that the underdogs could win the game, but they kicked ass and took names last night!
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take names

Sl. to make a list of wrongdoers. (Often figuratively, referring to a schoolteacher making a list of the names of misbehaving students to be sent to the principal.) The boss is madder than hell, and he's taking names. Gary is coming by to talk about the little riot last night, and I think he's taking names.
See also: name, take
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

take names

tv. to make a list of wrongdoers. (Often figuratively, as with a schoolteacher, whose major weapon is to take names and send them to the principal.) The boss is madder than hell, and he’s taking names.
See also: name, take
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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