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have one's ass in a sling

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have one's ass in a sling

verb phrase

(Variations: get or put may replace have; the locution may be one's ass is, was, etc, in a sling) To be in serious trouble: Allen has taken an introspective, but not innocent, bystander, and put his ass in a sling

[1930s+; the similar have one's eye in a sling is found by 1909]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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have one's ass in a sling

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