Also, get one’s ass in a sling. Be (or get) in trouble, in a painfully awkward position, as in When the news about the slump in sales gets out he’ll have his ass in a sling. Probably originating in the American South, this idiom may refer to so vigorous a kick in the buttocks (for which ass is a rude synonym) that the injured person requires a sling of the kind used to support a broken arm. [ ; c. 1930 ]
- Ass is dragging, one’s
ass is dragging, one’s sentence The subject is very tired; one is exhausted and hence sluggish
- Ass is on the line, someone’s
ass is on the line, someone’s sentence Someone is at risk; someone has taken a perilous responsibility: A friend’s ass is on the line and I promised I’d talk to you/ I better be right this time, because my ass is on the line [fr the notion of a line separating hostile persons, such that […]
- Ass is grass, one’s
ass is grass, one’s sentence The subject is in trouble; one will be ruined, undone, etc: Give me a title, in short, or your ass is grass (1940s+)
to kick ass. See (def 34).