Definition of be for the high jump in English:

be for the high jump

phrase

British
informal
  • Be about to be severely reprimanded or punished:

    ‘you're for the high jump’
    • ‘Armchair sports fans settling down to watch the Olympic Games could be for the high jump if they do not pay their TV licence fee.’
    • ‘Then again, hopefully the whole bloody administration is for the high jump come November.’
    • ‘If your hair was too long, your uniform was wrong or if your boots were dirty you were for the high jump.’
    be in trouble, be going to be punished, be going to suffer the consequences, be going to pay the price, be in for a scolding, be going to answer for something
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