Definition of give someone a piece of one's mind in US English:

give someone a piece of one's mind

phrase

informal
  • Tell someone what one thinks of them, especially in anger.

    • ‘They should be very lucky I've worked tech support before because I am so ready to give them a piece of my mind.’
    • ‘He got all the young apprentices in his office and gave us a piece of his mind!’
    • ‘But after they criticised Natalie's performance her sister decided to give them 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.’
    • ‘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 have wanted to climb out of my car numerous times and give them a piece of my mind.’
    • ‘I rang her up, gave her a piece of my mind and we haven't spoken since.’
    • ‘That Lila, always giving me a piece of her 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.’
    • ‘Josh, however, wasn't finished giving me a piece of his mind.’
    reprimand, rebuke, scold, reprove, reproach, chastise, castigate, upbraid, berate, read someone the riot act, haul over the coals
    reprimand, rebuke, scold, admonish, reprove, upbraid, chastise, chide, censure, castigate, lambaste, berate, lecture, criticize, take to task, read the riot act to, haul over the coals
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