Share your idioms

Summit An Idiom

banner image

To lower the boom in english explanation

The meaning, explanation, defination and origin of the idiom/phrase "To lower the boom", English Idiom Dictionary ( also found in Vietnamese )

by Hung Vu on 2019-11-11 05:11

Meaning of To lower the boom

To lower the boom verb to-infinitive
1. informal To punish someone or something harshly.

He's a really strict teacher, so he'll definitely lower the boom on you if you don't do your homework.

Well, Mom lowered the boom and grounded me for a month because I came home after curfew again.

2. formal To halt something or bring about its end or put a stop to something

I used demerits to lower the boom on silliness in my class.

Grammar and Usage of To lower the boom

Need a subject at the begining and "on some one or some thing" at the ending.

to lower the boom on some one or some thing

Other usages:

  • lower the boom
  • lower the boom (on someone or something)
  • lower the boom on
  • lower the boom on her
  • lower the boom on him
  • lower the boom on it
  • lower the boom on me
  • lower the boom on one
  • lower the boom on them
  • lower the boom on us

Origin of To lower the boom

The idiom “lower the boom” has a nautical origin.

A Boom: The horizontal support for the foot of the mainsail which extends aft of the mast. This is what you want to watch out for when changing directions in a sailboat. It can give you quite a wallop on the head if it hits you.

lower the boom explanation
A “boom” is a long pole or spar on a sailing vessel which is attached to the ship’s mast

Booms are also used backstage in theatres to move scenery. If someone actually lowered a boom upon your head, you would be knocked out! If you were struck in the head by the boom, you would be rendered unconscious and awaken with a rather nasty headache!

“Lower the boom” means to chastise rather sternly and harshly reprimand someone who did something bad. It means to be scolded and severely punished. When someone “lowers the boom” they are acting forcefully in their punishment. “Lowers the boom” is another way of saying “throw the book” at him. This is not a particularly popular saying and isn’t used rarely. It does, however, show case how rich the English language is, drawing from a wide range of sources.

banner image