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have/get somebody by the short and curlies

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhave/get somebody by the short and curlieshave/get somebody by the short and curlies (also have/get somebody by the short hairs) British English informal not polite to put someone in a situation in which they are forced to do or accept what you wantI signed the contract – they’ve got me by the short and curlies. short
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