heads will roll

idiom
variants: or less commonly heads are going to roll

Definition of heads will roll

informal
used to say that people will be severely punished or will lose their jobs because of something that has happenedWhen the boss finds out about the mistake, heads will roll.

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“Heads will roll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heads%20will%20roll. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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