tan someone's hide

Definition of tan someone's hide

informal + old-fashioned

  1. :  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

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

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

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

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

    :  of the color tan

  1. :  a tanning material or its active agent (such as tannin)

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

    :  a light yellowish brown

  1. : tangent

  1. :  some person :  somebody

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

    :  a unit of 120 acres

  1. :  to put out of sight :  secrete

    :  to conceal for shelter or protection :  shield

    :  to keep secret

  1. :  blind

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

  1. :  to give a beating to :  flog

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