put one's ass on the line

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put one's ass on the line

  1. (idiomatic) To take a big risk.
    • 1990, Predator 2:
      I put my ass on the line to get you here, and all I expect is a little cooperation!
    • 2002, Mitchell Geoffrey Bard, From Tragedy to Triumph: The politics behind the rescue of Ethiopian Jewry:
      They thought everyone was afraid. Only they would risk their lives. Once people saw that we put our asses on the line, everything changed...
    • 2005, Frederick K. Van Patten, Reluctant Seeker‎:
      He put his ass on the line for his country and his family during the Second World War, but nobody seems to care about that anymore.