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clip someone's wings

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clip someone's wings

verb phrase

To reduce someone's privileges as a punishment: after the accident, they clipped his wings


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with clip someone's wings

clip someone's wings

Restrain or reduce someone's freedom, as in Hiding his car keys—you're really clipping his wings. This metaphor for clipping a bird's wings to prevent its flying away dates from ancient Roman times. Christopher Marlowe used it in The Massacre at Paris (1590): “Away to prison with him, I'll clip his wings.”
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