give grief

give somebody grief

to criticize someone angrily Don't give me any grief - I've done all I can! (informal)
See also: give, grief
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She was expressing a near-universal human wish: To bring home the remains, observe the rituals of mourning, give grief a shape and a focus.
You were there to give grief and intimidate the Everton fans, weren't you?
In an ideal world that wouldn't happen, but people are always going to give grief to those from different backgrounds.