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come down on someone like a ton of bricks

Slang definitions & phrases for come down on someone like a ton of bricks

come down on someone like a ton of bricks

verb phrase

To punish or suppress severely; clamp down: When he heard about it he came down on them like a ton of bricks

[1920s+; The earlier version like a thousand of bricks is found by 1836]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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