an earful

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an earful

A lengthy reprimand or lecture. I got an earful from my mom once she heard about my speeding ticket. I gave that kid an earful after he dented my car.
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*an earful

Fig. a great amount of discussion, criticism, gossip, or complaint. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) She was really mad about something, and I sure got an earful. Sue was standing around the corner while Jim and Mary were arguing and got an earful.
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You went back for more, giving the cyclist an earful. You could have killed him."
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With the Hawkeyes playing lackluster in the first half, Marano gave Bolick an earful as he walked from the dugout back to the bench.
I, for one, am tempted to unleash an earful with the choicest rude words.
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Probably because BP is worth so much to the Scottish economy, not even SNP apparatchiks are prepared to give him an earful. That's what Rupert Soames, boss of power company Aggreko reckons happens to bosses who make their antiindependence views known.
"If we've gotten an earful about anything, we've gotten an earful about preferences."
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I'll bet you get an earful showing that dead bunny rabbit!
When underwater microphones recorded the breakup of a floating chunk of ice drifting away from Antarctica, scientists got an earful. The 2008 collapse released as much sound energy as would have been generated by more than 200 supertankers over the same period, Robert Dziak of Oregon State University and colleagues report June 18 in Oceanography.