One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Tell someone what one thinks of them, especially in anger.
reprimand, rebuke, scold, reprove, reproach, chastise, castigate, upbraid, berate, read someone the riot act, haul over the coalsView synonyms
- ‘That Lila, always giving me a piece of her mind.’
- ‘I've often felt like marching into various offices and singling out the culprits and giving them a piece of my mind.’
- ‘But after they criticised Natalie's performance her sister decided to give them a piece of her mind.’
- ‘They should be very lucky I've worked tech support before because I am so ready to give them a piece of my mind.’
- ‘Marissa, broken by the death of her mother, sits silently with her pet dog, clutching her recorder, while a passer-by pauses to give her a piece of his mind.’
- ‘I have wanted to climb out of my car numerous times and give them a piece of my mind.’
- ‘Josh, however, wasn't finished giving me a piece of his mind.’
- ‘And as if that wasn't enough, the house the other side of us was broken into by kids and Karen apprehended one of them in our garden and gave him a piece of her mind.’
- ‘I rang her up, gave her a piece of my mind and we haven't spoken since.’
- ‘He got all the young apprentices in his office and gave us a piece of his mind!’
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