skin alive

skin (one) alive

To upbraid, scold, or punish one severely and with intense anger. My parents will skin us alive if they find out we took the car without telling them. If I find out who messed up the Jefferson account, I'll skin him alive!
See also: alive, skin
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

skin someone alive

Fig. to be very angry with someone; to scold someone severely. (Fig. on being angry enough to do this kind of bodily harm to someone.) I was so mad at Jane that I could have skinned her alive. If I don't get home on time, my parents will skin me alive.
See also: alive, skin
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

skin alive

Punish severely, as in If I find the guy who slashed my tire I'll skin him alive. This hyperbolic expression transfers the barbaric practice of flaying a live prisoner to other forms of punishment. [Colloquial mid-1800s]
See also: alive, skin
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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" A better profile picture goes a long way in projecting a good image because online presence is for multiple purposes -- from dating and marriage proposals to professional networking," said Dr Chiranjiv Chhabra, dermatologist, Skin Alive Clinic.
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Chiranjeev Chhabra, a dermatologist at the Skin Alive Clinic, Panchsheel Park, says that the number of men (and collegegoing teenagers as well) coming to her for skin treatments has doubled in the past month.