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To receive the brunt of another's anger, often through scolding. If I get home past curfew again, I'm really going to catch hell from my parents!
catch hell (about someone or something)and get hell (about someone or something); catch hell (for something)
to be scolded (about someone or something). This isn't the first time Bill's caught hell about his drinking. We knew we were gonna catch hell when Ma saw how we'd ruined her garden. Somebody is going to catch hell for this!
catch/get hell(American & Australian informal)
if you are going to catch hell, someone will be very angry with you We're going to catch hell when she finds out we used her car.