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Untergang
Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 2:15:03 AM
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I can't find the meaning of this expression: ...or know the reason why.

As in here:

"And you’ve probably heard the expression “to know the reason why” (as in “I’ll have her or know the reason why!”). The OED dates that usage from 1719."

https://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2012/09/reason-why.html





Romany
Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 4:14:24 AM
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Like many idioms, what the words actually *say* doesn't always always reflect what they *mean*.

Basically, this idiom is used by someone in an authoritative position (a mother to a child, a teacher to a pupil, a Sergeant to a Corporal.)

It means: "Do it. Or else!".

However, rather than make a threat against someone ("Or else!") we are reminding the person that WE are in charge and that if they make a mess-up they will have to report to us... and that they'd better have a good reason for messing up!
Untergang
Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 5:54:30 AM
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Thank you for the detailed answer!
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