give it to

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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.
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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.
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give it to

Informal
To punish or reprimand severely: My parents really gave it to me for coming in late.
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References in classic literature ?
If you, sir, have anything to give us, give it to us at once, and God speed you, for you are becoming tiresome with all this inquisitiveness about the lives of others; if you want to know about mine, let me tell you I am Gines de Pasamonte, whose life is written by these fingers.
He flatly refused to give it to us, and said we had no right to unlock his drawers.
I could tell people, "This is going to be the greatest building of the 20th century, so you ought to give it to us not at a favorable rate, but for free.