open (up) a can of whoop ass (on someone)

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open (up) a can of whoop ass (on someone)

To commit, engage in, or threaten physical violence (against someone). Sometimes said in a jocular or pseudo-serious manner. If that punk doesn't shut up soon, I'm gonna have to go over there and open up a can of whoop ass! My old man was the toughest guy in town when he was alive. He could open a can of whoop ass on anyone!
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I'm gonna give him to the local zoo after I whup him." Cassius Clay on Liston, 1964
She tol' me how some of de slaves had dere babies in de fiel's lak de cows done, an' she said dat 'fore de babies wuz borned dey tied de mammy down on her face if'en day had ter whup her ter keep from ruinin' de baby."),
The then Cassius Marcellus Clay was furious and swore that he would 'whup' whoever stole it.
Also, if you're expecting to have to whup five assailants and you're faced with only one, your job is that much easier.
Told Fury privately respects him as a quality boxer despite his recent trash talk about him, Joshua said: "That's nice, but I'm still gonna whup his a***."
"If I find the guy who took my bike," he said, "I'm gonna whup him."
First, change the word to something else like "hup" or "whup", but never again say "whoa" to her.
ran into his arms in tears one day, pledging to "whup" the thief.
It takes big tackle to whup big fish in fast water.
"We would go places and I would wild out, and she said, 'Act like you've been somewhere.' And then when I would act a fool, she would beat me--she would whup me--and she could get an Oscar for the way she whupped me, because she was great at it.
Nobody ever cries "surrender!" before opening day, and hope always springs eternal as teams report to pre-season camps in Arizona and Florida - and yes, we'll all root for fiscal underdogs like the Rockies and Padres to whup up on the evil blue Dodgers.
The Don Pepino award is given to "that person that may not be the 'best' in the game, but shows respect and compassion for his fellow players," and in this case Szafran is no exception--he isn't the best but he sure has class when others whup him.
They all knew I could whup 'em if I got the mind to, even if Momma said that fighting was unladylike.