heads will roll

This page is about the idiom heads will roll.

Meaning: You can say "heads will roll" if people are going to lose their jobs after making a mistake.

For example:

  • How could the air force have bombed a school by mistake? Heads will roll, believe me!

  • Have you any idea how much money this mistake will cost the company? You can be sure that heads will roll.

Origin: Probably metaphorical, from the fact that the head of a person who has been executed by guillotine will roll around a little after falling into the basket below the blade.

Quick Quiz:

Our boss said that heads will roll, so I'm

a. worried about my head

b. worried about my job

c. worried about my roll

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Contributor: Matt Errey