lower the boom (on someone or something)

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lower the boom (on someone or something)

1. To punish someone or something harshly. He's a really strict teacher, so he'll definitely lower the boom on you if you don't do your homework. Well, Mom lowered the boom and grounded me for a month because I came home after curfew again.
2. To halt something or bring about its end. I used demerits to lower the boom on silliness in my class.
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lower the boom on someone

Fig. to scold or punish someone severely; to crack down on someone; to throw the book at someone. If Bob won't behave better, I'll have to lower the boom on him. The teacher lowered the boom on the whole class for misbehaving.
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lower the boom on

Scold harshly or punish severely; also, put a stop to something. For example, If you're caught smoking in school, the principal is bound to lower the boom on you, or The new radar equipment enabled the police to lower the boom on speeding. This expression refers to the boom of a sailboat-a long spar that extends from the mast to hold the foot of the sail. In a changing wind, the boom can swing wildly, leaving one at risk of being struck. [Slang; first half of 1900s]
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lower the boom on

1 treat someone severely. 2 put a stop to an activity. informal
It has been suggested that this phrase originally meant ‘knocking out an adversary with one punch’ in a fight.
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Pastor Egypt McKee lowers the boom on lustful pursuits and simultaneously offers friendly insistently evangelistic encouragement to those who consider themselves unwelcome in the Christian church.
President Obama's proposed budget for fiscal year 2010 (starting October 1, 2009) lowers the boom on business taxes, and groups such as the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) are ticked off about it.
2) UCLA linebacker Spencer Havner lowers the boom on Stanford's Mark Bradford on Saturday.
A single joystick raises and lowers the boom and controls the attachment functions.
Hydraulic power also raises and lowers the boom and rotates the crane on its base.
I have the feeling this is the year he lowers the boom.
The opening reads sedately but Soling lowers the boom and suddenly the overturned tale is an allegory for the worst of impulses.
Incidentally, the travel guide of the American Automobile Association lowers the boom on Lodi: elevation 52 feet.
The opening reads sedately, but Soling lowers the boom, and suddenly the overturned tale is an allegory for the worst of impulses.