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    Can we say "eat lead!" as a threat to kill somebody.
    Eg. You're gonna eat lead!

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    Why, yes. I believe so.

    Urban Dictionary: eat lead

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    Why, yes. I believe so.

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    I just read this: "Eat lead!" yelled the bank robber as he fired his gun at the police outside."

    I didn't know if "eat lead" was used as a threat. So, the robber could also say to the police: You're gonna eat lead if you don't get out! Right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    I just read this: "Eat lead!" yelled the bank robber as he fired his gun at the police outside."

    I didn't know if "eat lead" was used as a threat. So, the robber could also say to the police: You're gonna eat lead if you don't get out! Right?
    "Let them eat lead!"

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    Eat lead is kind of dated as a metaphor. I remember it being popular in cowboy movies and TV shows from the 1950s. Today's slang is more like, "I'm gonna bust a cap in yo' ass."

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    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    Eat lead is kind of dated as a metaphor. I remember it being popular in cowboy movies and TV shows from the 1950s. Today's slang is more like, "I'm gonna bust a cap in yo' ass."
    Does it still mean the same as "eating lead"?

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    Yes, the meaning is the same: "I'm going to shoot you!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    Yes, the meaning is the same: "I'm going to shoot you!"
    So why would you shoot his ass if you could aim at his heart?

    bust a cap = to shoot

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    In American slang ass has a lot of uses.

    Get your ass out of here! (Get out of here.)
    She has a big-ass car. (She has a big car.)
    She has big-ass teeth. (She has big teeth.)
    Your ass is grass. (You are in big trouble.)
    I'll have your ass in a sling. (I'm going to cause trouble for you.)
    His ass is mine. (I'm going to beat him in a competition.)

    The list is endless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    In American slang ass has a lot of uses.

    Get your ass out of here! (Get out of here.)
    She has a big-ass car. (She has a big car.)
    She has big-ass teeth. (She has big teeth.)
    Your ass is grass. (You are in big trouble.)
    I'll have your ass in a sling. (I'm going to cause trouble for you.)
    His ass is mine. (I'm going to beat him in a competition.)

    The list is endless.
    Does your examples imply that you can just insert "ass" in almost any sentence you make?

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