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get one's tail in a gate

Slang definitions & phrases for get one's tail in a gate

get one's tail in a gate

verb phrase

To get into a perilous plight; be in a painful situation: With the whole bunch against it you got your tail in a gate/ Katie Graham's gonna get her tit caught in a big fat wringer if that's published (1940s+)


get one's tit in the wringer

verb phrase

To get into great difficulty: If you print that, Katie Graham's gonna get her tit caught in a big fat wringer

[1930s+; entry form refers to the old-fashioned washing machine with a hand-or machine-operated wringer having counterrotating cylinders]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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