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    Arrow tail in a sling

    What does it mean "you'll wake up some morning with your tail in a sling."?

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    Default Re: tail in a sling

    Quote Originally Posted by sjl504 View Post
    What does it mean "you'll wake up some morning with your tail in a sling."?
    I've no idea.

    In what context did you read this, sjl? Name the source and author.

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    Default Re: tail in a sling

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I've no idea.

    In what context did you read this, sjl? Name the source and author.

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    It might be a more polite way to say "...with your arse in a sling". See this link (American spelling): have one?s ass in a sling meaning

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    Huh. My working vocabulary seems to have a hole where this expression should be!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: tail in a sling

    To be in trouble, in a difficult situation.
    From an article about the dangers of hiking, San Francisco Chronicle (2001). "But the truth is, you need not seek out a remote site to plant your tail in a sling. Your neighborhood park can function quite nicely for this. To concoct an adventure, all you must do is: Prepare inadequately, then bite off more than you can chew." [COCA]

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    It does seem like a euphemism for a*** in a sling BrE or a** in a sling AmE, but if so you can't wake up with it. You come back with it. You've gone out to a conflict and returned badly beaten.

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    Default Re: tail in a sling

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    It does seem like a euphemism for a*** in a sling BrE or a** in a sling AmE, but if so you can't wake up with it. You come back with it. You've gone out to a conflict and returned badly beaten.
    If you were drunk the night before, you might not even realise your situation until you woke up the next morning.

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