Definition of give it to someone in English:

give it to someone


  • Scold or punish someone.

    ‘I'm gonna give it to you like my daddy gave it to me!’
    • ‘In the Bahamas when all sides are giving it to you, and the protests are loud and vociferous from the right, the left and the middle, chances are that you are doing something right.’
    • ‘I got the service department today and really gave it to them.’
    • ‘A psychologist claimed the crimes were committed by kids whose parents didn't give it to them.’
    • ‘She was always giving it to him about the radishes and the vegetable skins in the garbage disposal.’
    • ‘My father will give it to you if he finds me alive. I am his only daughter.’
    penalize, discipline, mete out punishment to, bring someone to book, teach someone a lesson, make an example of
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