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When an individual completely dominates their competitors.
"Dude, you beat the shiz out of everyone at the poker table, yo!"

"Yeah brother, I iz been taking names"
by Whodlum May 03, 2009
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Collecting names of the people whose asses are going to be kicked by the collector. This simply means that somebody is ready to fight a bunch of dudes.
-This guy is kicking asses and taking names.
-Yes, he is really pissed off.
by elvman October 09, 2015
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Taking names - yes, total domination, all that. But its origins are old school: when a military unit wipes out an opposing military unit so completely that they cease to exist as a unit, that unit's name is taken. Once upon a time, their colors - their flag - was taken. Think about an MC being stripped of their cuts.
"I was in Marine Recon in Vietnam. We were kickin' ass and taking names - called in an arclight strike on a whole division of NVA." (To be clear - this is an example...no personal claims here.)
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by Rain in the Face June 13, 2018
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