Definition of chew someone out in English:

chew someone out

phrasal verb

North American
informal
  • Reprimand someone severely.

    ‘he chewed me out for being late’
    • ‘Yeah, I know I'm totally beautiful and could do better - my mother already called me and chewed me out.’
    • ‘Your boss chews you out over something inconsequential, and hours later on the drive home, you find yourself replaying her comments over and over again.’
    • ‘Morgan had gone back to the house after I'd practically chewed her out and I didn't blame her.’
    • ‘After he returned to the bench, he was chewed out by his coach, who punctuated his displeasure by emphatically grabbing the player's leg.’
    • ‘I figured they'd be more likely to talk to me if I gave them an excuse to chew me out.’
    • ‘On two separate occasions, people had come up to him in the airport while he was wearing his uniform and just chewed him out about the war.’
    • ‘I was just livid all day long at the way they chewed me out.’
    • ‘He pulled a player for making a mistake, chewed him out, then hugged him around the neck and kissed him on the cheek.’
    • ‘I'm about to chew her out when I glance sideways.’
    • ‘When something bad happens - your boss chews you out or you discover your bank account is overdrawn again - you may need to take time to step back from the situation.’
    criticize, censure, condemn, castigate, chastise, lambaste, pillory, savage, find fault with, fulminate against, abuse
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