a word with (one)

a word with (one)

A brief talk or chat, especially a warning, reprimand, or inquiry. A: "Aunt Karen let me have ice cream for dinner!" B: "Is that so? Karen, may I have a word with you?" Stu, would you please come to my office? I'd like a word with you about this report.
See also: word

*word with someone (about something)

a chance to talk to someone about something, usually briefly. (*Typically: get ~; get in ~; have ~.) Can I have a word with you about your report?
See also: word