Definition of give someone a piece of one's mind in English:

give someone a piece of one's mind

phrase

informal
  • Rebuke someone:

    ‘some youths were making a noise and she went out to give them a piece of her mind’
    • ‘I have wanted to climb out of my car numerous times and give them a piece of my mind.’
    • ‘Josh, however, wasn't finished giving me a piece of his mind.’
    • ‘He got all the young apprentices in his office and gave us a piece of his mind!’
    • ‘They should be very lucky I've worked tech support before because I am so ready to give them a piece of my mind.’
    • ‘But after they criticised Natalie's performance her sister decided to give them a piece of her mind.’
    • ‘That Lila, always giving me a piece of her mind.’
    • ‘Marissa, broken by the death of her mother, sits silently with her pet dog, clutching her recorder, while a passer-by pauses to give her a piece of his mind.’
    • ‘And as if that wasn't enough, the house the other side of us was broken into by kids and Karen apprehended one of them in our garden and gave him a piece of her mind.’
    • ‘I rang her up, gave her a piece of my mind and we haven't spoken since.’
    • ‘I've often felt like marching into various offices and singling out the culprits and giving them a piece of my mind.’
    reprimand, rebuke, scold, admonish, reprove, upbraid, chastise, chide, censure, castigate, lambaste, berate, lecture, criticize, take to task, read the riot act to, haul over the coals
    tell off, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, bawl out, 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
    reprimand, rebuke, scold, reprove, reproach, chastise, castigate, upbraid, berate, read someone the riot act, haul over the coals
    tell off, bawl out, blow up, give someone hell, give someone a talking-to, dress down, give someone a telling-off, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, give someone a row
    tick off, carpet, monster, give someone a mouthful
    chew out
    bollock
    chew someone's ass
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