lower the boom


lower the boom
   1. (on) to arrest
   The assumption from the nautical imagery is that the victim is already in harbour and will not be allowed out:
    We lowered the boom on Ross Minchen. He's behind bars right now, with his lawyer fighting to get him out. (Sanders, 1986)
   2. to refuse to grant further credit to
   The boom prevents the delivery of further goods or services until the account is settled.

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  • lower the boom on — informal treat or reprimand (someone) severely ■ put a stop to (an activity) let s lower the boom on high level corruption …   Useful english dictionary

  • lower the boom — {v. phr.}, {informal} To punish strictly; check or stop fully. * /The mayor lowered the boom on outside jobs for city firemen./ * /Father lowered the boom on the girls for staying out after midnight./ Syn.: CRACK DOWN. * /The police lowered the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lower the boom — {v. phr.}, {informal} To punish strictly; check or stop fully. * /The mayor lowered the boom on outside jobs for city firemen./ * /Father lowered the boom on the girls for staying out after midnight./ Syn.: CRACK DOWN. * /The police lowered the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lower\ the\ boom — v. phr. informal To punish strictly; check or stop fully. The mayor lowered the boom on outside jobs for city firemen. Father lowered the boom on the girls for staying out after midnight. Syn.: crack down The police lowered the boom on open… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • lower the boom — verb a) To use ones superior physical strength. Whenever he got his Irish up, Clancy lowered the boom. b) To suddenly overpower. When Jack came back late from lunch, the team leader really lowered the boom on him …   Wiktionary

  • lower the boom — phrasal : crack down lowered the boom last week on congressional junketing Time right pleasant about it, but he really lowered the boom Maxwell Griffith …   Useful english dictionary

  • lower the boom — American, informal to suddenly stop someone doing something you do not approve of. Dad lowered the boom. I have to stay in the next two weekends …   New idioms dictionary

  • lower the boom — phrasal to deal a crushing blow or punishment …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lower the boom — idi to act decisively to punish wrongdoing …   From formal English to slang

  • Clancy Lowered the Boom — is a song written by Hy Heath and Johnny Lange in 1947, made famous by Dennis Day on Jack Benny s radio program (The Jack Benny Program). The song follows the adventures of an Irish American stereotype as he lowers the boom on any person that… …   Wikipedia


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