Definition of bawl someone out in English:

bawl someone out

phrasal verb

  • Reprimand someone angrily.

    ‘tales of how she bawled out employees’
    • ‘In college, a professor bawled me out for taking money [for reading palms] on false pretenses.’
    • ‘But the drill sergeant bawls them out and makes them perform this curious action.’
    • ‘All I know is, I never again bawled Sean out when he made a mistake on the field.’
    • ‘‘Hank was known for calling up his lieutenants on weekends and holidays and bawling them out,’ says a former executive.’
    • ‘There are moments when you really want to bawl them out.’
    • ‘An embarrassed Donovan later told a reporter, ‘I thought I was going to get traded after he bawled me out.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The next day my next-door neighbor, who is a bit of a tough guy, bawled me out for not calling the cops.’
    • ‘But you know what impressed me most was the calm, serene way you kept looking back at him while he was bawling you out.’
    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 coals
    tell off, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, 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
    have a go at, carpet, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, let someone have it
    chew out, ream out
    bollock, give someone a bollocking
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