Definition of with both barrels in English:

with both barrels

phrase

informal
  • With unrestrained force or emotion.

    ‘cut to the quick, he let go with both barrels’
    • ‘I gave it to them with both barrels after the game, even though I know it could get me into trouble.’
    • ‘Anyone who attempted to explore this issue was likely to be shouted down with charges of ‘racist’, and Blainey suffered the treatment with both barrels.’
    • ‘Christopher Hitchens, never a shrinking violet, lets his old comrades, the loony left, have it with both barrels in today's Washington Post.’
    • ‘Don Henley lets the music industry have it with both barrels in a Washington Post editorial: When I started in the music business, music was important and vital to our culture.’
    • ‘Excellent ministers, who have helped improve this country greatly over the past seven years, let me have it with both barrels.’
    • ‘By this time both Patsy and Desmond were dead, but the oldest of their grieving children, Cassandra, let fly with both barrels at Rantzen's ‘cruel and vicious account’.’
    • ‘And she didn't need you hauling off and hitting her with both barrels like that!’
    • ‘Dan McNutt, underwhelmed by the grovelling that has occurred recently regarding certain sports ‘heroes’, lets fly with both barrels again.’
    • ‘He paused for a pull on his Coors, then added, ‘I want you to give us hell tomorrow and give it to us with both barrels.’’
    • ‘As the Celtic manager gave it to referee John Rowbotham with both barrels, Young attempted to calm him down.’