give (someone) (the) what for(redirected from gave someone the what for)
give (someone) (the) what for
To punish, rebuke, scold, or berate someone thoroughly and intensely. I told her a thousand times not to take the car without asking! Well, I'll give her what for when she gets home. The boss is quick to give you the what for if you make even a minor mistake.
See also: give