Ought to snatch him bald

Cheburator

Senior Member
Russian - Russia
Hello, everybody!

Could you please explain what this phrase (Ought to snatch him bald) means? I think it's AmE, but I'm not sure.

<-----Excess quote removed by moderator (Florentia52)----->"The mother continued her search for money in her purse, and the kid continued to whine about the candy. Then he began to stamp his feet and shout.
The rest of us in line were beginning to get fidgety. <...>Ought to snatch him bald”, said one man quietly."
 
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  • Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Literally, it means "I should pull his hair out." It's the sort of exaggeration people make in anger or frustration (I'll kick his head in. I'll knock his lights out. I'll snatch him bald-headed.) and not something that people actually do.
     

    Cheburator

    Senior Member
    Russian - Russia
    Thank you all very much! Florentia, it's from a school aptitude test here in Russia, I don't know where they got it.
     

    suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    Or "His mother should...."

    "Snatch him bald-headed," as Myridon put it, is the way my mother said it.
    Gosh - it must be a regional thing. This is the first time I've met it. Althought the phenomenon of exaggeration (as Myridion said in #2) is well established in my region too!
     
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