give it to(redirected from give it to them)
give it to (one)
To rebuke or scold one; to verbally or physically punish one. Our parents really gave it to us for coming home late last night. The headmaster gave it to the students for their disruption during class.
give it to someone (straight)
to tell something to someone clearly and directly. Come on, give it to me straight. I want to know exactly what happened. Quit wasting time, and tell me. Give it to me straight.
give it to
Punish or reprimand, as in Dad really gave it to Tom for coming in so late. This expression, implying a physical or verbal attack, dates from the late 1500s. Also see give someone hell. In more recent times the expression gave rise to give it to someone straight, meaning "to tell someone something candidly and directly." For example, I asked the doctor to give it to use straight about Mother's condition.
give it toInformal
To punish or reprimand severely: My parents really gave it to me for coming in late.