have a word with (one)

have a word with (one)

To talk to someone. A: "Aunt Karen let me have ice cream for dinner!" B: "Is that so? Karen, may I have a word with you?"
See also: have, word

have a word with

Speak with, discuss with, as in Jerry asked to have a word with you, or I must have a word with Bill about the repairs. This expression, from the late 1400s, was at one time used interchangeably with have words with, but it no longer is.
See also: have, word

have a word with

To have a brief conversation with (someone); speak to.
See also: have, word