Nail someone to the cross



verb phrase

To punish severely and publicly; make an example of; crucify: We are going to nail them to the cross/ We would not nail an airline to the wall if it made its best effort/ I wonder why nobody tried to nail his hide to the wall for the Irish jokes he told over the years (1990s+)

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