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lower the boom, to

To punish severely, to take a decisive action against. This slangy expression, also sometimes used in the meaning of literally delivering a knockout punch, dates from the first half of the 1900s. It alludes to a sailboat’s boom, which can swing wildly in a changing wind. For example, “The bank lowered the boom on Jim and demanded the collateral on his loan.”
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Then Nieto and Ravena combined to lower the boom on UP with a 12-1 run for 87-73 with barely two minutes left.
Once installed, it also reduces the risks to operators and maintenance teams in having to lower the boom and carry out complicated weld repairs with limited access.
Witness the 2012 decision by The New York Times to lower the boom from 20 to 10 free articles a month, and to systematically route out the technical workarounds that have let readers bypass the paywall in the past.
"Sonando s arrest on the heels of Clinton s visit is a brazen signal that Hun Sen thinks that the US wants his cooperation on other matters so much that he isn t afraid to lower the boom on his critics," said Brad Adams, Asia director of New York-based Human Rights Watch.
This may be slower than simply opening a hydraulic non-return valve to lower the boom but it is far safer to control the movement of the boom and load in this way at all times.
For those jurors who repeatedly ignore summons, the work group urges judges to lower the boom by imposing at least $100 fines and holding no-shows in contempt.
ITL also offers a bevel gearbox that bevels 90[degrees] to the engine and is used in telehandlers to lower the boom profile.
"Recommendations based on sound science will be made to national governments by the Codex Commission, but each nation will be able to pick and choose its own level of protection." Yet, Hammell can convincingly cite cases of the FDA using "jack-booted thug" tactics to lower the boom on alternative medicine and dietary supplements.
A prudent owner, however, should not wait for the Assessor to lower the boom. He can be proactive and take steps now, during what is called the pre-assessment period, by working with tax reduction counsel to evaluate his properties' operating results for real property tax assessment purposes and to develop a strategy to bring pertinent information to the Assessor's attention.
Although cost, access, and quality have taken turns in the spotlight, until recently quality did not spark as much interest as the other two, simply because until recently it was difficult to do much about quality other than to accept providers' word that it was first-rate--and to empower the plaintiff's bar to lower the boom when that claim proved unjustified.