skin (one) alive

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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!
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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.
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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]
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skin someone alive

1. If someone is able to skin you alive, they are much stronger or more powerful than you and may harm you. They are fiercely competitive. If they can skin us alive in business, they will. Anyone who reads your finance pages will see that shareholders in some major banks have been skinned alive.
2. If someone threatens to skin you alive, they are threatening to punish you severely. Who let the dog out? You catch that animal, Ernie, or you'll get skinned alive.
See also: alive, skin, someone

skin somebody aˈlive

(used as a threat or warning) punish somebody very severely: Your mother would skin you alive if she knew you’d started smoking!
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References in classic literature ?
On the minor gambling houses your worship may exercise your power, and it is they that do most harm and shelter the most barefaced practices; for in the houses of lords and gentlemen of quality the notorious sharpers dare not attempt to play their tricks; and as the vice of gambling has become common, it is better that men should play in houses of repute than in some tradesman's, where they catch an unlucky fellow in the small hours of the morning and skin him alive."
'I will skin him alive if he repeated those remarks outside Parliament where he does not enjoy immunity.
And he hated and hated the way the ugly clothes felt when he pushed his arms through into them, and how the clothes were scraping and pulling at him, trying to skin him alive. And, without going to the house, so that He didn't see him, or Cher either, with her pretty smooth hair, her perfect clothes and her sorry eyes, Pigeon went on, pretended to his mam to be going to school, to the tit-fortat-tattletale school where, between Monday and Friday, he kept his head down, right down under the radar.
A few months back, Rawat threatened a police officer, and said she would "skin him alive".
Instead of being drawn into a public debate with Binay on the administration's performance, MalacaAang is leaving it to the Senate inquiry to skin him alive or boil him in his own juices.
After one of the thugs threatened to skin him alive, he broke out of the camp with three brave colleagues.
His despicable tackle on Dyer just as the Newcastle typhoon was about to skin him alive was an absolute disgrace and should have resulted in instant arrest.
The cat lovers who saved him believe the attackers may have been trying to skin him alive.
All around, hidden in the darkness, were a thousand blood-crazed rebels who would literally skin him alive if they caught him.