One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Treat or reprimand (someone) severely.
- ‘Let the credit card companies eat it for a while by telling them to tighten their new credit requirements - don't just suddenly lower the boom on people.’
- ‘He was walking through the halls of the Department of Energy when an acquaintance came up to him and said, ‘Has Frank lowered the boom on you yet?’’
- ‘They lowered the boom on him, for no particular reason, after a snap decision that only took a few months.’
- ‘He came in and lowered the boom on a lot of people, and he didn't let people off the hook just because they were friendly or nice.’
- ‘He says he simply forgot about memos in his own hand in 1981 and 1984 that show him lowering the boom on two previously undisclosed priests accused of molestation.’
- ‘His edgy temper flared again on April 18, when he lowered the boom on a dry cleaner.’
- 1.1 Put a stop to (an activity)‘let's lower the boom on high-level corruption’
- ‘We just need to get a lock on power for another four years, and then we'll lower the boom on big government.’
- ‘He can scarce contain his glee as he is lauded him for lowering the boom on government troughing.’
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