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In for the high jump

Posted by James Briggs on August 26, 2004

In Reply to: In for the high jump posted by Smokey Stover on August 26, 2004

: : : Where does the saying: 'You're in for the high jump' come from?

: : I've never heard the expression. Maybe it's from this (Merriam-Webster definition):

: : Main Entry: high jump
: : Function: noun
: : : a jump for height over a horizontal bar in a track-and-field contest
: : - high jumper noun

: "You're for the high jump now" means you are about to be, or likely to be, hanged. SS

A common phrse in the UK meaning 'you're in trouble now'.