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bawl (one's) eyes out

To sob or weep loudly, uncontrollably, and for a long period of time. After we broke up, I just lay on my bed and bawled my eyes out.
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bawl out

1. To scold someone vehemently. A person's name or a pronoun can be used between "bawl" and "out." The teacher bawled us out when she caught us cheating on the test. I was bawled out by my mother for staying out past curfew.
2. To speak loudly. Be sure to bawl out the weekly announcements so everyone in the auditorium can hear them.
See also: bawl, out

give (one) a (good) bawling out

To scold one extensively. The teacher gave us a good bawling out when she caught us cheating on the test. My mother said she would give me a bawling out if I stayed out past curfew again.
See also: bawl, give, out

take a bawling out

To receive a very severe rebuke, chastisement, or scolding (from someone). I sure took a bawling out from my parents after I smashed up their car.
See also: bawl, out, take
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bawl someone out

to scold someone in a loud voice. The teacher bawled the student out for arriving late. Principals don't usually bawl out students.
See also: bawl, out

give someone a (good) bawling out

to bawl someone out; to chastise someone. When the teacher caught Bil-lie, he gave him a good bawling out.
See also: bawl, give, out
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bawl out

1. Call out loudly, announce, as in Some of the players were quite hard of hearing, so the rector bawled out the bingo numbers . [1500s]
2. Scold or reprimand loudly, as in Her teacher was always bawling out the class for not paying attention. [c. 1900]
See also: bawl, out
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

bawl out

To scold someone loudly or harshly: My boss bawled me out for coming to work late. I am going to bawl out my students if they don't prepare for the next test.
See also: bawl, out
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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There's the incessant drill, the two hours polishing shoes and learning to cope with being bawled out by the stocky and generally unintelligible staff sergeant instilling disciple through fear.
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WATCHING Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, it was nice to hear from Perth and North Perthshire MP Pete Wish art that, in the middle of the biggest financial crisis in living memory, crime rife on our streets, and every other modern-day problem, he spoke for everyone in Scotland when he bawled that we didn't want a GB football team.
As they drove the wrong way down a one-way street, a livid driver leaned out of his window and bawled at the raiders in their red Volkswagen Vento VR6.
And Tory Pam Paterson said: "He bawled at me so much at a council meeting, I asked if we had an anti-bullying policy.
Our spy told 3am: "He pushed past the stars, went behind the bar and bawled at the waitress to take his order - real 'don't you know who I am?' stuff.
He once bawled at a player to stop whingeing and get on with the game because there was nothing wrong with him - X-rays later showed he had a broken jaw!
Evelyn Gray, 36, and Barbara Gray bawled insults at Andrew Hudson in Direct Paints, Gourock, in February, before hurling tins of paint around.
THE woman who bawled out Tony Blair over the NHS last night stormed: "I'd do it all again."
President Clinton bawled out two preachers he brought into the White House after they gave him fire and brimstone warnings over the Monica Lewinsky affair.
The christening of the little prince - who bawled his eyes out - was at the Greek Cathedral of Saint Sophia in Bayswater, London.
Zoe Ball bawled her eyes out yesterday as she toasted her final goodbye to The Big Breakfast team.
"Often, if I've bawled somebody out in the dressing-room I can go outside and Ian - who's not been anywhere near the room - will say: `Quite right.