Definition of bawl someone out in US English:

bawl someone out

phrasal verb

informal
  • Reprimand someone angrily.

    ‘tales of how she bawled out employees’
    • ‘But the drill sergeant bawls them out and makes them perform this curious action.’
    • ‘But you know what impressed me most was the calm, serene way you kept looking back at him while he was bawling you out.’
    • ‘All I know is, I never again bawled Sean out when he made a mistake on the field.’
    • ‘There are moments when you really want to bawl them out.’
    • ‘An embarrassed Donovan later told a reporter, ‘I thought I was going to get traded after he bawled me out.’’
    • ‘In college, a professor bawled me out for taking money [for reading palms] on false pretenses.’
    • ‘‘Hank was known for calling up his lieutenants on weekends and holidays and bawling them out,’ says a former executive.’
    • ‘Anyway, but Anne Marie contacted Olivia and John, and your bullheaded sister bawled her out!’
    • ‘If your boss bawls you out for a mistake, you can take it if he or she also congratulates you for a job well done.’
    • ‘The next day my next-door neighbor, who is a bit of a tough guy, bawled me out for not calling the cops.’
    reprimand, rebuke, scold, admonish, reprove, upbraid, chastise, chide, censure, castigate, lambaste, berate, lecture, criticize, take to task, read the riot act to, give a piece of one's mind to, haul over the coals
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