settle someone's hash

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settle (someone's) hash (third-person singular simple present settles someone's hash, present participle settling someone's hash, simple past and past participle settled someone's hash)

  1. (idiomatic) To physically or verbally subdue someone.
    • 1851, S. G. Warren, Ten Thousand a Year, Jesper Harding, page 344,
      Wait and see old Caleb Quirk get into the box. I'll settle his hash in half a minute.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 13
      “But wait till I light on you, no matter where it is, I’ll settle your hash for a bit, yer little swine!”
    • 2004 July 8–14, "Devious Rabbit Tricks Bush Into Signing Gun Ban", The Onion, available in Embedded in America, ISBN 1400054567, page 202,
      "Sez Pezziden' Bush, sezee, 'I'm gwine ter settle yo' hash, ole Rabbit....'"