tan (one's) hide

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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.
See also: hide, tan

tan someone's hide

Also, have someone's hide. Spank or beat someone, as in Dad said he'd tan Billy's hide if he caught him smoking, or I'll have your hide if you take something without paying for it. This term uses hide in the sense of "skin." The allusion in the first expression is to a spanking that will change one's skin just as chemicals tan animal hide (convert it into leather). [Second half of 1600s]
See also: hide, tan

tan someone's hide

1 beat or flog someone. 2 punish someone severely.
See also: hide, tan
References in classic literature ?
The Ass found that he had fallen into worse hands, and noting his master's occupation, said, groaning: "It would have been better for me to have been either starved by the one, or to have been overworked by the other of my former masters, than to have been bought by my present owner, who will even after I am dead tan my hide, and make me useful to him.
if you tan my hide you won't turn me away from your society.
The company has added a hair and scalp product, called Sparkle Head, to its lineup, and next year it plans to add a sunless tanner called Tan My Hide.