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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

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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

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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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 at 20:16

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