hideous sayings

two phrases from my youth have just sprung to mine.
my dad, a lovely gentle chap would occasionally threaten to “skin us alive” or “have our guts for garters”.
before the child protection people move in and have me sent to a children’s home he never said these things in anger, just as comedy phrases in play arguments (he’s not the arguing type).
As far as i know, he never went through with either of these threats.
here is my dad with kezia: