to lower the boom

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - lower the boom

"to lower the boom"

to take decisive punitive action


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - lower the boom

"to lower the boom"

to put a stop to something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - lower the boom

Two school administrators are talking ...

Administrator 1:  Truancy rates are rising drastically. We need to do something.

Administrator 2:  What do you have in mind?

Administrator 1:  It is time to lower the boom.

Administrator 2:  And?

Administrator 1:  Take strict disciplinary action on repeat offenders by giving them three-day in-school suspensions.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - lower the boom

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  All the neighborhood kids are cutting through the side of our yard on their way to the park. They are making a terrible mess.

Husband:  We have put up signs and asked the kids nicely not to use our yard. Now it is time to lower the boom. I will build a fence.

Wife:  That will put a stop to that.

to lower the boom - Usage:


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to lower the boom - Gerund Form:

Lowering the boom on misbehaving children is common.

to lower the boom - Examples:

1)  The US response to that, even as it lowered the boom with a first-ever drone strike in Baluchistan to kill Taliban chief Mullah Mansour.

2)  ... with a big right hook that sent Augustus staggering. He lowered the boom, and that's all she wrote.

3)  ... lowered the boom on the Tropang TNT import, banning him for life and fining him a whopping ...

4)  ... lowered the boom and indicted five alleged thugs for attempted extortion.

5)  ... had also developed an uncanny ability to nurture his staff even as he lowered the boom, a skill for which Turner had nicknamed him the Velvet Hammer.

6)  ... a federal judge in New Orleans lowered the boom on the oil giant BP. He ruled that BP was grossly negligent for the ...

7)  ...  lowered the boom. She ruled that nearly all of the claims were beyond the statute of limitations.

8)  ... he drifted across centre ice and lowered the boom with a blindside hit to the head of Boston Bruins winger Loui Eriksson.

9)  ... lowered the boom, suspending him for the rest of the season and the playoffs.

10)  ... it lowered the boom on Arnold. He was sentenced to three semesters of disciplinary probation, ...

11)  Despite the gesture, the NCAA lowered the boom on USC for the violations, vacating 13 of the football program's wins and ...

12)  She sat out the fourth race, and then lowered the boom by winning the last four races.

13)  ... to lower the boom on him. The most recent ban came in 2013 when ...

14)  But Roxas swore to lower the boom on these criminals even if they are cops in uniform.

15)  And the province, which in past failed to lower the boom on high-cost lenders, should now at least lower the cap.

16)  I wish the Indian team management had the courage to lower the boom on some of the divas we have here.

17)  She was able to lower the boom on some of the boys last season, and they didn't want to go.

18)  And sometimes, when we threaten to lower the boom, it forces the owner to sell to someone who wants to do something with ...

19)  It makes a lot of sense in a case like this to lower the boom to make an example of a landlord who would do something like this.

20)  Which means if he does ever lower the boom on the oil sands, Harper will have to be that much more punitive.