nail (one) to the wall

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nail (one) to the wall

To punish, berate, or hurt one in a very severe fashion for a wrongdoing or transgression. As one of her first orders of business, the new president has sworn to nail cyber-criminals to the wall. The boss nailed me to the wall for messing up the Jacobson account.
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nail someone to the wall

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If someone nails you to the wall, they make you suffer, because they are very angry with you. If he could not pay off his debt, they would nail him to the wall.
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nail somebody to the ˈwall

(informal) punish somebody and/or make them suffer because you are very angry with them: I’m going to nail him to the wall for what he’s done!
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nail someone to the wall

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But what an honours board the club will nail to the wall of their new clubhouse in the season to come.
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The second project is an easy-to-install urethane molding that you can cut with a handsaw (no power miter box necessary) and then glue and nail to the walls.