Definition of give someone the works in English:

give someone the works


  • 1Tell someone everything.

  • 2Treat someone harshly or violently.

    • ‘He got on the boat and opened it, and looked in the back of it, and the works were gone, and the note said, come back and we'll give you the works.’
    • ‘DiCaprio's Rimbaud gives him the works--abusing him to disabuse him, so to speak, to try to free him of his sentiment.’