One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I'm going to confront my brother and give him a piece of my mind’
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
informal tell off, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, bawl out, pitch into, lay into, lace into, blow up at, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking
British informal have a go at, carpet, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, let someone have it
North American informal chew out, ream out
British vulgar slang bollock, give someone a bollocking
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