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(so) sue me
I really don't care if you are offended or put off by what I said or did. The hyperbolic threat is meant to undermine how much importance another person is or may be giving something one did or said. A: "You never make your bed in the morning." B: "Sue me! It's just going to get messed up again when I go to bed tonight." Yeah, I like to have a beer or two each night after work—so sue me!
In film and literature, an idealized female character who is exceptionally talented in a number of areas despite not having had the training or experience to realistically acquire such talents. The use of such a character is often seen as a method of author wish-fulfillment. The term was first used in this way by writer Paula Smith in 1973. Whether Rey from "Star Wars" is a Mary Sue has been a topic of debate.
sue (someone or something) out of (something)
To cause someone or some organization to forfeit something by court order as a result of legal proceedings brought against them. A number of consumers are filing a class-action lawsuit against the company, aiming to sue them out of nearly $10 million. She sued me out of everything I owned because of what happened.
sue for (something)
To initiate legal proceedings (against some person, group, or organization) in order to receive redress, reparation, or compensation. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sue" and "for" to indicated the person, group, or organization being sued. The employees have grouped together to sue for overtime that had not been paid since 2010. The family is suing the airline for $2.5 million to cover medical expenses, legal fees, and emotional damages.
sue out (something)
To petition or apply for and take out some written legal order. The sheriff sued out a search warrant for the suspect's home. The man's lawyer is suing out a writ of habeas corpus.
sue the pants off (of) (one)
To sue one for a huge sum of money, especially if it is all or more than one is able to pay. He threatened to sue the pants off me if I ever published the things we had just discussed. With all the evidence we've got, we'll be able to sue the pants off of their company.
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so, sue me.
If you are so angry, why don't go ahead and sue me. (A rude way of brushing off an angry person.) A: You ran into my car! You didn't even look where you were going! B: So, sue me.
sue for something
to file a lawsuit in order to get something. If you so much as harm a hair on my head, I will sue for damages. Ted sued for back pay in his dispute with a former employer.
sue someone for something
to file a lawsuit against someone in order to get something. I will sue you for damages if you do anything else to my car! She sued her employer for failure to provide a safe workplace.
sue the pants off (of) someone
Sl. to sue someone for a lot of money. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) If they harm me in any way, I'll sue the pants off of them. He sued the pants off his landlord.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To institute legal proceedings against some person for some redress of grievances: The actor is suing a former TV star for $30 million. Their aunt and uncle sued for custody of the children.
2. To make an appeal or entreaty for something: The people of this country are suing for peace.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
(So,) sue me!
tv. So, if you are so bothered or offended, take me into court and sue me. (A way of saying There is nothing you can do about it.) You don’t like the way I talk? So, sue me!
See So, sue me!
sue the pants off (of) someone
tv. to sue someone for a lot of money. If they do it, I’ll sue the pants off of them.
sue the pants off someoneverb
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