One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Talk to or shout at someone in an angry, abusive, or severely critical way.
- ‘On objecting to this I was given a mouthful of verbal abuse by youths who presumably had nothing better to do in the school holidays than make a nuisance of themselves.’
- ‘Bejaysus but if Libby didn't blow up again and gave her a mouthful of abuse for bein' such an interferin' busybody.’
- ‘She said: ‘Some of them apologise and move on, but others just give you a mouthful.’’
- ‘The driver then proceeded to give me a mouthful about how cyclists should be more careful.’
- ‘I finally get so tired of hearing my name yelled that I stop… fully intending to give him a mouthful.’
- ‘‘But I did have one woman recently give me a mouthful of abuse telling me I was being cruel to the dog,’ Mrs Bloomfield said.’
- ‘If you read my story and didn't see your name on my ‘thank you’ list, email me and give me a mouthful!’
- ‘They'd pass their phone to me and Strawhorn would give me a mouthful.’
- ‘Your average traffic cop must pull over hundreds of motorists a month, many of whom are going to give him a mouthful.’
- ‘Eventually, even he couldn't stop me from standing up and giving Megson a mouthful back.’
- ‘If anyone in her neighbourhood dared to question what I was doing there, or why I took photographs, she gave them a mouthful.’
- ‘I managed at one time to get to the telephone and ring the Philippine consul in Nicosia, who rang the owners of the taverna and gave them a mouthful.’
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