tan someone's hide

Definition of tan someone's hide

informal + old-fashioned
:to beat or whip (someone) very badly
  • He threatened to tan my hide if I didn't do what he told me to do.

Word by Word Definitions

tan play
  1. : to make (skin) tan especially by exposure to the sun

  2. : to convert (hide) into leather by treatment with an infusion of tannin-rich bark or other agent of similar effect

  3. : to convert (protein) to leather or a similar substance

  1. : of the color tan

  2. : of, relating to, or used for tan or tanning

  1. : a brown color imparted to the skin especially by exposure to the sun

  2. : a light yellowish brown

  3. : tan-colored articles of clothing

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

hide play
  1. : any of various old English units of land area

  1. : to put out of sight : secrete

  2. : to conceal for shelter or protection : shield

  3. : to keep secret

  1. : blind

  1. : the skin of an animal whether raw or prepared for use

  2. : the life or physical well-being of a person

  1. : to give a beating to : flog


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