Heads will roll



sentence

People will be dismissed, punished, ruined, etc: If eventually the authorities catch up with you, no heads will roll/ I promise you: if this package is not delivered on time, heads will roll

[1930+; the source is a quotation from Adolf Hitler]
Someone will be severely punished, as in If no one meets the chairman’s plane, heads will roll. This hyperbolic expression alludes to the punishment of being beheaded.

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