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have someone by the balls

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have someone by the balls

verb phrase

To have someone in a very perilous and painful position; have a firm grip on someone; HAVE someone BY THE SHORT HAIRS: I didn't want to do it, but they had me by the balls (1940s+)


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have someone by the balls

Have someone at one's mercy, as in You have to pay up—they've got you by the balls. The balls here allude to the male genitals. [ ; early 1900s ]
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