settle his hash






settle his hash

deal with and subdue a person very forcefully – informal




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make a hash of

make a mess of

bungle - informal

Hash comes from the French verb hacher meaning chop up small. A hash is a dish of cooked meat cut into small pieces and recooked with gravy. From this comes the derogatory sense of hash meaning a jumble of incongruous elements; a mess.




sling hash

serve food in a cafe or diner - North American informal




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