Definition of bawl someone out in English:

bawl someone out

phrasal verb

informal
  • Reprimand someone angrily.

    ‘tales of how she bawled out employees’
    • ‘But the drill sergeant bawls them out and makes them perform this curious action.’
    • ‘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 you know what impressed me most was the calm, serene way you kept looking back at him while he was bawling you out.’
    • ‘The next day my next-door neighbor, who is a bit of a tough guy, bawled me out for not calling the cops.’
    • ‘‘Hank was known for calling up his lieutenants on weekends and holidays and bawling them out,’ says a former executive.’
    • ‘In college, a professor bawled me out for taking money [for reading palms] on false pretenses.’
    • ‘Anyway, but Anne Marie contacted Olivia and John, and your bullheaded sister bawled her out!’
    • ‘An embarrassed Donovan later told a reporter, ‘I thought I was going to get traded after he bawled me out.’’
    • ‘There are moments when you really want to bawl them out.’
    • ‘All I know is, I never again bawled Sean out when he made a mistake on the field.’
    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
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