Meaning: Various: To punch out; to chastise or punish.
Example: After his cheeky remark, I lowered the boom, delivering my own one-two verbal punch.
Origins: Sailing (beam securing sails to masts, which when swung across the deck may hit someone or knock them overboard); also Theater (beam for staging that might fall or be lowered quickly to knock someone down).
- lower the beam
- let loose the boom
- exercise the boom
- give chase with the tackle
- unleash the scaffolding
- rock the rigging