One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Punish someone (or be punished) with a blow on the ear or head.‘if I thought you were serious, I would give you a thick ear!’
- ‘Pull the other one John: you're still the same man you were the time you gave me a thick ear for shoplifting.’
- ‘The teenager sitting in front of us on the way out was so rude, I was ready to give him a thick ear myself.’
- ‘I got over the wall and ran into a small crowd of fans to hide, terrified that the bobby might have seen me and would come and give me a thick ear as he turfed me out.’
- ‘They are a culinary retreat that harks back to childhood and a time when the world was a safer place and the Home Secretary wasn't waiting to give you a thick ear for not carrying your national identity card.’
- ‘I hope Paula doesn't give me a thick ear next year when I do the coast-to-coast walk again after my past comments.’
- ‘But if I tried to treat my wife, Margot, the way Caligula treated his, she'd give me a thick ear pretty quick.’
- ‘If your dad didn't have a team of lawyers I'd give you a thick ear.’
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