->'''Roseanne''': That is not funny! You're grounded until menopause!
->'''Darlene''': Yours or mine?
->'''Roseanne''': Your ''father's!''
-->-- ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', "Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore"

Grounding is a standard discipline technique. But a frustrated parent may blurt out that their child is punished for a ridiculous amount of time, either for something very minor or something very bad. A variant involves a teacher (usually a SadistTeacher) giving a student a severely extended detention, usually enough to go ''long'' after the kid has graduated.

A subtrope of YouAreGrounded often falling under DisproportionateRetribution and usually PlayedForLaughs. Almost always undone via SnapBack. Besides, it is unrealistic for a parent to maintain a punishment for such a length of time. An inversion would be grounding the child for a ridiculously short amount of time for a very serious offense.

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!!Examples:

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* Variation in one issue of the ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons'' comic book, where Bart says that if he doesn't find the school puma by the next day, he'd be doing detention till he's 80.
* An episode of ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis And Gnasher]]'' had Dennis's parents [[TemptingFate ask themselves]] how much trouble he could have got into in the ten minutes since the school holidays started, only for a long string of neighbors to come to the door to complain. With each one, Dennis's grounding is increased by a ''year'', until finally he's grounded forever.

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* ''NewMoon''.
-->'''Charlie Swan''': Bella, do not ever do that to me again. Ever. And you're grounded for the rest of your life.
* ''Film/BasketCase 3: The Progeny''
-->'''Sheriff''': Cause you are grounded little miss! You are grounded for the next ten years! And no more car, and no more allowance, and you can forget about that pony I promised you!
* The Creator/LindsayLohan remake of ''Film/TheParentTrap'' has her saying "We've been grounded 'til the end of the century." To be fair, the film was released in 1998, but still, two to three years is still a long time to be grounded.
* In ''Film/EverAfter'', as punishment for his disobedience, the king tells Prince Henry that he'll "deny [him] the crown and live... forever!"
* In ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', Bender keeps goading Vernon to give him more Saturday detentions. By the end of it Vernon states that he has Bender for "The rest of [his] natural born life" (it actually comes out to two months worth).
* In Disney/MeetTheRobinsons, Franny does this to Wilbur:
-->'''Franny''': Mister, you are grounded 'til you die!

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': After Lydia disgraces the family, Kitty protests that if she were to be allowed to go to Brighton, she would behave better. Her father is not convinced:
-->"''You'' go to Brighton!I would not trust you so near it as East-Bourne, for fifty pounds! No, Kitty, I have at last learnt to be cautious, and you will feel the effects of it. No officer is ever to enter my house again, nor even to pass through the village. Balls will be absolutely prohibited, unless you stand up with one of your sisters. And you are never to stir out of doors till you can prove that you have spent ten minutes of every day in a rational manner."
-->Kitty, who took all these threats in a serious light, began to cry.
-->"Well, well," said he, "do not make yourself unhappy. If you are a good girl for the next ten years, I will take you to a review at the end of them."
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'': Adam gets grounded.
-->"When do you think they'll let you out, then?" asked Pepper.\\
"Not for years and years. Years and years and years. I'll be an old man by the time they let me out," said Adam.\\
"How about tomorrow?" asked Wensleydale.\\
Adam brightened. "Oh, tomorrow will be all right," he pronounced. "They'll have forgotten about it by then."
* In a non-comedic example, Boo Radley of ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' as well as his real life counterpart literally had this done to him by his abusive father, and ended up with an ([[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold undeserved]]) reputation as an AxCrazy recluse.

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* ''DiffrentStrokes'': Played straight in the seventh-season episode "Cheers to Arnold." A friend of Arnold's steals from Mr. Drummond's liquor cabinet. When Arnold tries to explain, Mr. Drummond will have nothing of it and tells Arnold he's permanently grounded; of course by episode's end, things are cleared up and Arnold is pardoned.
* ''Series/SeventhHeaven'':
-->'''Mary''': So I guess I'm grounded for life?
-->'''Annie''': That's a given.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'':
-->'''Phillip Banks''': You're grounded for 10 years.
-->'''Ashley Banks''': What? But that's not fair.
-->'''Phillip Banks''': Tell it to the judge... Oh yeah. That's me.
* ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' episode "License to Parent":
-->For scratching his father's brand new car, Robert Mark Sinclair was grounded for six to ten years. He is currently serving his sentence in his room.
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' episode "Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore":
-->'''Roseanne''': That is not funny! You're grounded until menopause!
-->'''Darlene''': Yours or mine?
-->'''Roseanne''': Your father's!
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. There was a significant gap in between the [[TheOtherDarrin two actresses]] playing Morgan, resulting the character being absent for about half a season. The new actress is introduced by coming downstairs and remarking, "That was the longest time-out I've ever had."
* Spencer from ''Series/{{iCarly}}'', after seeing Carly making out with [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Griffin]], grounds Carly ''[[UpToEleven "for till college"]]''. He also actually follows through on the punishment until he learns AnAesop, up to and including making Carly wear a horrible sweater, and disguising himself as a janitor at her school so he can catch Griffin when he visits Carly's school to make out with her.
* In ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'', Michael punishes Claire by grounding her (and forcing her to do all the chores in the house) until she gets him an apple from the apple tree in the backyard. Then he gives her a few apple seeds.
* There was a series called ''Series/GroundedForLife''.
* One episode of ''Series/HappyDays'' has an exchange along the following lines:
-->'''Howard:''' ..I shall now determine a punishment that is judicious, reasonable and fair.
-->''GilliganCut to:''
-->'''Richie:''' "Grounded for life"?!
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'': Doin' Time in 2330. After Zack and Cody deliberately skip out on their punishment to take part in London's web show, Carey snaps, to some degree.
-->'''Carey''': (getting angrier and angrier) Oh, that is it! You are beyond grounded. The next time you see sunlight--Oh, actually, no!--You're never going to see sunlight again. Because by the time your punishment is over, the sun will have burnt out, collapsed into a black hole, and the last remnants of mankind will be living on a rusty little spaceship as the cold silence of space will slowly drive them MAAAAAAD!
* On ''TheCosbyShow'', after Theo accidentally throws a WildTeenParty, Cliff first takes him to the Army recruiting center before being more lenient and making him serve food to the homeless...every day for 6 months.
* In ''Series/TheWonderYears'' episode "The Lake", after Paul's mom finds out he has a condom, Wayne says that Paul's been grounded for life. But knowing Wayne, he's most likely exaggerating.

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* In ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' Peter has been grounded for intervals of decades, centuries, or life. It never seems to stick of course.
* In the book ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'s Big Book Of Super School Excuses'', one excuse for "Why I Can't Go Out With You" is "I'm grounded until college".
* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', Oliver's dad [[http://john.seikdel.net/gocomics.php?date=850620&comic=blm grounded him until his 45th birthday]] for having launched a shuttle chair to Washington D.C. and almost killing Cutter John and a tuba player.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* The Sapphire Lake kids' antics in ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'' usually get Autumn grounded for eternity, though after a few days or weeks they usually open to negotiations.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', after Jane blows up trying to get the mail, her dad sics this on her.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBrakShow'', [[CloudCuckoolander Dad]] grounded Brak for 3 years.
* On ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', Mr. and Mrs. Sanban grounded Mushi for life after she "killed" Kuki's Posh Party Rainbow Monkey in "Op. CLUES".
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig Zagged]] in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''. In "Axed By Addition" Pete threatens to ground PJ forever if he fails his math test, a threat the latter takes very seriously and even [[PlayingSick plays sick]] in order to get in one last day of freedom. Once Pete finds out the truth, he yells at PJ for not guessing he was bluffing... and then says he's grounded forever for ''that,'' though he has a change of heart when he finds out that [[ShaggyDogStory PJ didn't even fail in the first place.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'': Johnny's dad threatens to ground Johnny and his sisters FOREVER! One of the sisters reminds him that he can't ground them past 18, [[VerbalBackspace so he says he'll ground them UNTIL 18]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': After Arthur and D.W. ruin their father's souffle, [[HeroicBSOD he loses self-control]], and gives them a four month ban on TV. His wife helps him to think rationally again.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre'' ends with Manny admitting to his dad that he expects to be grounded until he's 30 for his actions. It appears as though his dad understands that Manny learned his lesson and will let him off the hook... until a SmashCut depicts 30-year-old Manny shackled up in his room. Thank goodness for NegativeContinuity.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'', Otto and Twister go out into a hurricane to retrieve Twister's video camera. When Raymundo tracks down and rescues them, Ray grounds Otto forever, to which Otto replies, "That's cool."
** In a different episode, Ray declares that if his kids were caught sneaking out after dark, they would be grounded until they're his age. Subverted in the end when he only gives Otto three weeks of garbage duty.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheGoblinKing'' ends with [[spoiler: the Goblin King]] grounding Willow for 1,000 years. Of course, they're immortal, so it is most likely a normal length of time for such a punishment.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', Jimmy received the detention variant twice. The first time was when he [[FreakyFriday switch bodies]] with Cindy, their attempts at destroying each others lives include getting themselves 1,800 days of detention. The next comes from after Jimmy sent the teachers into another dimension. When they make a BigDamnHeroes return (ItsALongStory), Jimmy claims to have [[AnAesop learned his lesson]], but they still sic him with 900 days of detention.
* One of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'''s {{Fantasy Sequence}}s depicts [[SadistTeacher Mr. Bone]] making him [[WritingLines write lines]] until they're both old men.
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!!Inversions:

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', the kids are grounded by their moms for a few weeks for seeing the Terrance & Phillip movie again and causing Kenny's death.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* A [[PoliceAreUseless police officer]] was [[KarmaHoudini suspended for a single day]] after [[http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/07/dallas-police-one-day-suspensi.html fatally striking a young boy riding his bike]] while pursuing a car for window tint violations. ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMebFerYsus dashcam video]]).
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