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    They would have had my head...

    Dear Teachers,

    At Sotomayor's hearing in the Senate, a senator said, with regard to her wise Latina comment, " If I had said anything like that, they would have had my head." Does this mean they( and who does he mean by they?) would have gotten him fired?


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    YY

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    Re: They would have had my head...

    Yes, that's the general idea, Yuri. He's suggesting that he would have been thrown out of office, or that a lot of people would have been loudly demanding his resignation, for example.

    Without more context, it's hard to say who he meant by "they".

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    Re: They would have had my head...

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    Last edited by Anglika; 16-Jul-2009 at 11:08. Reason: A totally unwarranted and inflammatory comment - I am deleting it and hope that in future you think carefully before posting

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    Re: They would have had my head...

    Quote Originally Posted by Yuri Yoshikuni View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    At Sotomayor's hearing in the Senate, a senator said, with regard to her wise Latina comment, " If I had said anything like that, they would have had my head." Does this mean they( and who does he mean by they?) would have gotten him fired?

    Thank you.

    YY
    It would usually mean getting fired. It ultimately derives from being beheaded. Since no one does that these days in civilised countries, it can refer to losing your job, as well as other punishments, such as reprimands, official cautions, demotions etc.
    If someone is at school, it would refer to being expelled.

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