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    have one on the jaw

    The brothers will let you have one on the jaw if you are acting up.

    Does the 'let sb have one on the jaw' mean 'give sb a hard time'? Is it an idiom?

    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 20-Apr-2010 at 14:31. Reason: One sentence added.

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    Re: have one on the jaw

    'Give someone a hard time' in a very specific way - a punch in the jaw. The word 'have' is not part of the 'jaw' idiom; it's usually 'give him one in the jaw'. In your example the 'have' goes with the other verb 'let' - 'let him have it' refers just to any kind of punishment (just giving someone a stern reprimand - if it's violent enough - could be referred to as 'letting him have it'); if you want, you can specify the 'it' - for example 'one on the jaw'.

    (Related idiom: 'to let someone have it with both barrels' (as with a shotgun) = to give unrestrained punishment - often just shouting at them.)

    Last edited by BobK; 20-Apr-2010 at 14:46. Reason: Added parenthesis


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