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Ways of threatening someone - thesaurus


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used for threatening someone

or else

mainly spoken used for threatening someone

if someone isn’t careful

used for warning or threatening someone

just wait until/till

used for telling someone that they will be in trouble if they do not stop behaving badly

do you want something?

used for threatening someone with something

don’t even think about/of doing something

used for telling someone that they must not do something

what’s your problem?

used for asking someone in a threatening way why they are behaving in a way that you do not like or approve of

(is that) understood?

used for emphasizing, especially in a threatening way, that someone should do what you are telling them

on/under pain of something

used for threatening someone

break someone’s neck

if someone says they will break your neck, they are threatening to hurt you very badly because they are angry with you

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informal used for saying angrily that you will punish someone or stop them from doing something

I’ll knock your heads together

spoken used for threatening to punish two people or groups who are fighting

I’ll knock your/his etc. block off

used for threatening to hit someone who has annoyed you

knock someone’s head/block off

used for threatening to hit someone and hurt them very badly

shape up or ship out

informal used for telling someone that if they do not improve their behavior or their work they must leave

she’ll/they’ll/you’ll etc. hear from me

spoken used for saying that you will be angry with someone, and you will tell them this

you’ll be laughing on the other side of your face

used for telling someone that something is going to happen to stop them feeling so happy about a situation

you’ll/she’ll/they’ll etc. hear about it

used for saying that you will be angry with someone, and you will tell them this



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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