One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Punish someone severely.‘if you breathe a word to anyone, I'll have your guts for garters’
- ‘The man can write rings around him and here has his guts for garters in his review of Blinded by the Right.’
- ‘Gordon would have my guts for garters if I tried to interfere.’
- ‘I suppose he would have had their guts for garters, but as it was, the main perpetrators got off very lightly.’
- ‘The resident came out to give the boy a good ticking off: ‘If my husband comes out to you, he'll have your guts for garters!’’
- ‘If I tried to run a meeting of our workers like that, they would have my guts for garters and rightly so.’
- ‘Jackson grimaced, this wasn't good, this was really bad, and Violet would have his guts for garters, should she get wind of it.’
- ‘She doesn't go on to say: ‘Get it wrong and I'll have your guts for garters,’ but the message is plain.’
- ‘Had Mrs Mungo's words from earlier in the morning ringing in my ear all afternoon: ‘Just you remember Mungo: if you dare put up the fees at Gordonstoun, I'll have your guts for garters.’’
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