go after someone's scalp

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of go after someone's scalp

:to want to have someone removed from a position
  • Parents of some students are (going) after the principal's scalp.

Word by Word Definitions

go play
  1. : to move on a course : proceed — compare stop

  2. : to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied : leave, depart

  3. : to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. : the act or manner of going

  2. : the height of fashion : rage

  3. : an often unexpected turn of affairs : occurrence

  1. : functioning properly : being in good and ready condition

  1. : a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

after play
  1. : following in time or place : afterward, behind, later

  1. : behind in place

  2. : subsequent to in time or order

  3. : subsequent to and in view of

  1. : subsequently to the time when

  1. : later in time

  2. : located toward the rear and especially toward the stern of a ship or tail of an aircraft

  1. used with a present participle to indicate action completed and especially just completed

  1. : afternoon

  1. used as the first part of a compound to indicate an event or entity that follows or results from the thing denoted by the second part of the compound

  2. used as the first part of a compound to indicate an event or entity of the same nature as the thing denoted by the second part of the compound but which follows that event or entity and is less intense or significant

  3. the rear or lower part

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

scalp play
  1. : the part of the integument of the human head usually covered with hair in both sexes

  2. : the part of an animal (such as a wolf or fox) corresponding to the human scalp

  3. : a part of the human scalp with attached hair cut or torn from an enemy as a token of victory

  1. : to deprive of the scalp

  2. : to remove an upper part from

  3. : to remove a desired constituent from and discard the rest


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