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There is some idiom that starts out like, "I'm going to start taking names and..." I can't remember the rest of it. What is it and when is it used?

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Can you please change the question to 'What idiom starts out like "I'm going to start taking names and..."?' instead of just 'What is this idiom?' – syockit Mar 24 '11 at 11:28
This is all rather wrong. All these idioms, I believe, come from "taking names and numbers". – Joe Blow Aug 25 '14 at 15:10
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Are you perhaps referring to this?

I'm going to start kicking ass and taking names

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You might want to expand on this, especially about taking names as it relates to queueing up. – Andre Stechert Mar 24 '11 at 11:05
I don't think that's exactly it. Could that be from another idiom? – language hacker Mar 26 '11 at 3:06
(the linked articles seem almost useless?) – Joe Blow Aug 25 '14 at 15:10
Megadeth also say that line in the song 'Captive Honor', off of their 'Countdown to Extinction' album. That's where I heard it. "A day without Megadeth is a Megadon't!" – user100552 Dec 9 '14 at 19:00

You most likely mean "kicking ass and taking names", which means having multiple victories over a number of opponents in quick succession, with a pace showing that this feat is not over yet. "kicking ass" means completely conquering an opponent, usually to a humiliating level, basically "kicking their ass". On the other hand, "taking names" refers to marking a number of individuals which have not been beaten yet, to be beaten later. It derives from the mafia, as taking names of future victims helps in finding moroe information andkeeping track of them. If that's not exactly what you were searching for, a deviation is "kicking ass in the morning and taking names in the evening".

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OR, it may be the one User5531 said below. – John Apr 17 '14 at 20:16

This is a military term, specifically Navy, and the exact unit is the Navy military police, or Shore Patrol.

Origin was based on shore-leave: it is the job of the SP to patrol and manage crimes and other behavioral problems of Naval personnel, preferably before they happen-- but to deal with them effectively when they do happen.

After a fight, the SP will sequester the "ringleaders" and confiscate their ID cards long enough to make official note of who they are.

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Sure, but "taking names" is from "taking names and numbers" – Joe Blow Aug 25 '14 at 15:11

Taking names during the US/VietNam war era, came to have a specific meaning for the soldiers who fought there. It referred to the idea that they beat an enemy so bad that they would have to remove the enemies' names from their troop roster. So Kicking Butt and Taking Names meant that they hit an enemy unit so bad they were essentially making it combat ineffective.

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