Definition of chew someone out in US English:

chew someone out

phrasal verb

North American
informal
  • Reprimand someone severely.

    ‘he chewed me out for being late’
    • ‘On two separate occasions, people had come up to him in the airport while he was wearing his uniform and just chewed him out about the war.’
    • ‘Your boss chews you out over something inconsequential, and hours later on the drive home, you find yourself replaying her comments over and over again.’
    • ‘I'm about to chew her out when I glance sideways.’
    • ‘He pulled a player for making a mistake, chewed him out, then hugged him around the neck and kissed him on the cheek.’
    • ‘I figured they'd be more likely to talk to me if I gave them an excuse to chew me out.’
    • ‘When something bad happens - your boss chews you out or you discover your bank account is overdrawn again - you may need to take time to step back from the situation.’
    • ‘Yeah, I know I'm totally beautiful and could do better - my mother already called me and chewed me out.’
    • ‘I was just livid all day long at the way they chewed me out.’
    • ‘Morgan had gone back to the house after I'd practically chewed her out and I didn't blame her.’
    • ‘After he returned to the bench, he was chewed out by his coach, who punctuated his displeasure by emphatically grabbing the player's leg.’
    criticize, censure, condemn, castigate, chastise, lambaste, pillory, savage, find fault with, fulminate against, abuse
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