[Ads-l] a can of whoop-ass

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 11 22:14:19 UTC 2015

I first heard this in 1976, from a fellow graduate student who was from
Chattanooga, Tenn., though he form he used was "...can of whoop-de-ass":


"It’s time to let the U.S. military get creative with partners on the
ground — and let pilots above open up a can of whoop-ass."

It seems to have become common in the '90s, acc. to the HDAS files.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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