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give someone a piece of one's mind

Definition of give someone a piece of one's mind in English:

informal Rebuke someone: some youths were making a noise and she went out to give them a piece of her mind
More example sentences
  • They should be very lucky I've worked tech support before because I am so ready to give them a piece of my mind.
  • I have wanted to climb out of my car numerous times and give them a piece of my mind.
  • But after they criticised Natalie's performance her sister decided to give them a piece of her mind.
Synonyms
informal tell off, bawl out, blow up, give someone hell, give someone a talking-to, dress down, give someone a telling-off, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, give someone a row
British informal tick off, carpet, monster, give someone a mouthful
North American informal chew out
British vulgar slang bollock
North American vulgar slang chew someone's ass
reprimand, rebuke, scold, admonish, reprove, upbraid, chastise, chide, censure, castigate, lambaste, berate, lecture, criticize, take to task, read the Riot Act to, haul over the coals
informal tell off, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, bawl out, pitch into, lay into, lace into, blow up at, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking
North American informal chew out, ream out
British vulgar slang bollock, give someone a bollocking
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