Definition of let someone have it in English:

let someone have it


  • Attack someone physically or verbally.

    ‘I really let him have it for worrying me so much’
    • ‘So he's going to hold back the wrath until he gets tired and then he's just gonna let us have it?’
    • ‘She let him have it about his life of heavy drug use and womanizing.’
    • ‘Go to the polls in a white hot rage and let them have it where it hurts.’
    • ‘My amazement was strong enough to prompt me to exclaim to the woman sitting next to me, ‘Wow, they've really let him have it!’’
    • ‘So I turned to this man, my boss, and let him have it.’
    • ‘The fighter draws a slug from a water bottle, swishes it round his mouth, fixes the kid with a grin and lets him have it, right between the eyes.’
    • ‘They rang him up for an interview - and before they could put the phone down he let them have it with both barrels.’
    • ‘I have been here before, so when his hand goes behind his back, I let him have it with several direct hits.’
    • ‘The men stand ready for him behind the door with a rolling pin, and when he gets home, they let him have it.’
    • ‘Excellent ministers, who have helped improve this country greatly over the past seven years, let me have it with both barrels.’
    attack, assault, beat, beat up, batter, thrash, pound, pummel, assail, set upon, fall upon, set about, strike at, let fly at, tear into, lash out at
    scold, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, admonish, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the riot act, give someone a piece of one's mind, go on at, haul over the coals, criticize, censure
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