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An expression probably originating in a nautical setting, where misdemeanors and mischief results in punishment.

Avast there! Mr. Bucklesbee, just one more a'spittin' over the rail and I'll lower the boom on you with my cat o' nine tails!

Additional definitions for 'lower the boom':

lower the boomTo suddenly overpower, with "on".
lower the boomTo use one's superior physical strength; clobber.
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