[Idiom] to have somebody by their stubby

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Please, could someone expain the meaning?
 

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Not without context.
 

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Reading some of the context leaves me no closer to understanding the extract than I was before. You might want to look elsewhere for English texts to read.
 

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I find the elided part of the URL above, well, suggestive: "...nker-in-chief".
 

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I find the elided part of the URL above, well, suggestive: "...nker-in-chief".

freethinker-in-chief?
nondrinker-in-chief?
debunker-in-chief?
hoodwinker-in-chief?
 

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So then and there, Donald J. Trump appointed himself the Empire's Spanker-in-Chief, and thereby destroyed what remained of his stillborn Presidency. Indeed, it will be all downhill from here because the Deep Steep now most assuredly has the Donald by his stubby.
I read it as a variation of: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/have_someone_by_the_balls.
 

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You can have somebody by the short hairs, or by the ball#, or by the nut#, which means you have complete control over them. But have them by the stubby I have never heard nor seen.
 

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I think the missing word is "fingers". "Have him by his stubby fingers". The writer probably just wants to make fun of his body feature.

I am not a teacher.
 

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Thanks, very enlightening.
 

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You can have somebody by the short hairs, or by the ball#, or by the nut#, which means you have complete control over them. But have them by the stubby I have never heard nor seen.
In revisiting the context:
So then and there, Donald J. Trump appointed himself the Empire's Spanker-in-Chief, and thereby destroyed what remained of his stillborn Presidency. Indeed, it will be all downhill from here because the Deep Steep now most assuredly has the Donald by his stubby.
I found myself wanting to know what or whom "the Deep Steep" referred to. Google indicates that it's a brand of "body butter,"and that clarifies everything, doesn't it. A body butter can function as a stimulating personal lubricant if applied to a certain male body part when aroused. The authors of this screwball article are obviously suggesting that "the Donald," as they say, has become aroused by appointing himself "the Empire's Spanker-in-Chief," this appointment being a metaphorical application of "the Deep Steep" to himself. If it finds its way to his stubby, as it "now most assuredly has," then "it will all be downhill from here."
 

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Actually, it is more plausible that it is a typo or autocorrect failure for "Deep State," which is the entrenched bureaucracy, especially in the intelligence agencies which has been at war with Trump since before the election. FBI/CIA/NSA, etc.

"Stubby" is surely a reference to his penis.
 

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No, consider the paragraph, the context -- and the picture of Trump at the top of the article. It's not a typo.
 
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I think the missing word is "fingers". "Have him by his stubby fingers". The writer probably just wants to make fun of his body feature.

I am not a teacher.

I thought "stubby" referred to nose.
 
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