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bawl (one's) eyes out
To sob or weep loudly, uncontrollably, and for a long period of time. After we broke up, I just lay on my bed and bawled my eyes out.
take a bawling out
To receive a very severe rebuke, chastisement, or scolding (from someone). I sure took a bawling out from my parents after I smashed up their car.
bawl someone out
to scold someone in a loud voice. The teacher bawled the student out for arriving late. Principals don't usually bawl out students.
give someone a (good) bawling out
to bawl someone out; to chastise someone. When the teacher caught Bil-lie, he gave him a good bawling out.
1. Call out loudly, announce, as in Some of the players were quite hard of hearing, so the rector bawled out the bingo numbers . [1500s]
2. Scold or reprimand loudly, as in Her teacher was always bawling out the class for not paying attention. [c. 1900]
To scold someone loudly or harshly: My boss bawled me out for coming to work late. I am going to bawl out my students if they don't prepare for the next test.