come down hard on someone

come down hard on someone
in. to cold someone; to punish someone severely.
Joe’s parents came down hard on him when they learned he had been suspended from school.
The judge came down hard on the crooks.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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  • come down on — ˌcome ˈdown on [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they come down on he/she/it comes down on present participle coming down on past tense …   Useful english dictionary

  • come down on someone — come down on (someone/something) 1. to criticize someone or something. It seems that if you give an opinion about something, people come down on you. 2. to have an opinion about someone or something. It was hard to know where he would come down… …   New idioms dictionary

  • come down on something — come down on (someone/something) 1. to criticize someone or something. It seems that if you give an opinion about something, people come down on you. 2. to have an opinion about someone or something. It was hard to know where he would come down… …   New idioms dictionary

  • come down on — (someone/something) 1. to criticize someone or something. It seems that if you give an opinion about something, people come down on you. 2. to have an opinion about someone or something. It was hard to know where he would come down on the issue.… …   New idioms dictionary

  • come down — {v.} 1. To reduce itself; amount to no more than. Followed by to . * /The quarrel finally came down to a question of which boy would do the dishes./ Syn.: BOIL DOWN(3). 2. To be handed down or passed along, descend from parent to child; pass from …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come down — {v.} 1. To reduce itself; amount to no more than. Followed by to . * /The quarrel finally came down to a question of which boy would do the dishes./ Syn.: BOIL DOWN(3). 2. To be handed down or passed along, descend from parent to child; pass from …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come down on — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms come down on : present tense I/you/we/they come down on he/she/it comes down on present participle coming down on past tense came down on past participle come down on come down on someone to criticize or… …   English dictionary

  • come down on — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you come down on one side of an argument, you declare that you support that side. [V P P n] He clearly and decisively came down on the side of President Rafsanjani. 2) PHRASAL VERB If you come down on someone, you criticize… …   English dictionary

  • ˌcome ˈdown on sb — phrasal verb to criticize or punish someone severely She came down on us pretty hard for making a mess.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • come down like a ton of bricks — hit hard, upbraid or scold someone …   English contemporary dictionary

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