One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Reprimand someone angrily.‘tales of how she bawled out employees’
reprimand, rebuke, scold, admonish, reprove, upbraid, chastise, chide, censure, castigate, lambaste, berate, lecture, criticize, take to task, read the riot act to, give a piece of one's mind to, haul over the coalsView synonyms
- ‘All I know is, I never again bawled Sean out when he made a mistake on the field.’
- ‘Anyway, but Anne Marie contacted Olivia and John, and your bullheaded sister bawled her out!’
- ‘If your boss bawls you out for a mistake, you can take it if he or she also congratulates you for a job well done.’
- ‘But the drill sergeant bawls them out and makes them perform this curious action.’
- ‘There are moments when you really want to bawl them out.’
- ‘‘Hank was known for calling up his lieutenants on weekends and holidays and bawling them out,’ says a former executive.’
- ‘But you know what impressed me most was the calm, serene way you kept looking back at him while he was bawling you out.’
- ‘In college, a professor bawled me out for taking money [for reading palms] on false pretenses.’
- ‘An embarrassed Donovan later told a reporter, ‘I thought I was going to get traded after he bawled me out.’’
- ‘The next day my next-door neighbor, who is a bit of a tough guy, bawled me out for not calling the cops.’
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