give (one) an earful

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give (one) an earful

1. To give one a lengthy reprimand or lecture. My mom gave me an earful once she heard about my speeding ticket. I gave that kid an earful after he dented my car.
2. To divulge secrets to one. Tim gave me an earful about his relationship this afternoon, and it doesn't sound good. I think he's going to break up with Mark.
See also: earful, give
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When Governor Mike Pence visited Washington this summer several residents gave him an earful on the poor condition of the road.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was livid with Swearinger and gave him an earful after throwing a 29-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders just before halftime.
The conversation was not audible, but Brown's body language looked uncomfortable as he held out his arms while the 24-year-old new mum gave him an earful.
I went to the nearest service provider and gave him an earful that he had no right to terminate my connection without notice and I wanted it back immediately.
After the Punjab player said that the ministry had " called him back midway through his treatment in America", a top sports ministry official phoned him and gave him an earful for his " ungrateful and untrue" statement.
JESSICA SIMPSON is lucky she's still in a relationship after she accidentally ran over her boyfriend's limited edition video game console, then gave him an earful.
Perkins hung out with students and workers who gave him an earful of how his work steals from the poor and gives to the rich.
His future wife, Meredith Auld, was Miss South Dakota in 1959 and gave him an earful when he lost his focus.
Skip was on the radio asking for suggestions on what "common-sense gun ownership" means to gun owners, and the listeners gave him an earful.
After Hart botched a clearance, Toure gave him an earful and the pair swapped insults at length.
Eddie denies Ronan gave him an earful following his indiscretion, saying: "I've no idea if it created ill- feeling.
After Hart had botched a clearance, Toure gave him an earful and the pair swapped insults at length.
After having a pop at his one-time pal Lucy Spraggan on Twitter - to which she gave him an earful back, with interest - James Arthur took to Twitter at 1.