heads will roll


1. people will be punished severely for something






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if that task isn't done on time, heads will roll!

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The expression heads will roll refers to severe punishment and perhaps comes from the use of a guillotine to behead people during the French Revolution. When you say heads will roll it means you expect some people to be punished or to be in line for a severe reprimand. This idiomatic phrase is often used hyperbolically in reference to people being fired.

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  1. If we don't get this order completed in time, heads will roll! We cannot afford another major setback.
  2. Heads are rolling over at that company because of their recent poor financial results.

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  1. Heads are going to roll when our parents come home and see the house in a mess like this.
  2. If I ever find out who scratched my car, heads are going to roll.

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