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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
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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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