Ass in a sling, have one’s

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 ]

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    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+)

  • Ass-kick

    to kick ass. See (def 34).

  • Ass kicker

    to kick ass. See (def 34).

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