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tan (one's) hide

To spank one. Young lady, I will tan your hide if you disobey me again!
See also: hide, tan

tan someone's hide

to spank someone. Billy's mother said she'd tan Billy's hide if he ever did that again. "I'll tan your hide if you're late!" said Tom's father.
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tan someone's hide, to

To give someone a beating. This term, in which the human skin is referred to as a hide (as it was from about the seventeenth century), may be on its way out, viewed with the same disfavor now accorded to spare the rod. Nevertheless, during the years when corporal punishment was considered a normal procedure, it became a cliché. (Incidentally, the tanning process, in which animal hide is converted into leather, does not involve beating but rather a soaking in chemicals.) The expression dates from the seventeenth century. Charles Coffey used it in The Devil to Pay (1731): “Come and spin . . . or I’ll tan your hide for you.”
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Once your friends know you can tan hides, be prepared for them to bring around their hunting trophies and livestock skins for treatment.
Therefore, wives who could tan hides provided another item of wealth to the men.
On the other hand, we do plan to make an old time traditional leather outfit for her, decorated with crow beads, but it does take a lot of time to tan hides.