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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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Stephen McGinn admits St Mirren's season has been a disaster, but insists they'll only get out of trouble by being ballers, not bawlers.
"I've never been a bawler. I'll do my talking before, at half-time, and afterwards.
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"But Jim was a shouter and a bawler. He wouldn't cuddle you or put his arm around you.
I'm not a shouter or bawler, I think that's a bit old hat, I will convey my message in other ways."
And he admitted Taylor was not a shouter or bawler, but more of a thinking man's captain and player.
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He's definitely more of a thinker than a shouter and bawler."
Thompson, normally the barker and bawler on the line, will now be thrust into the role of manager and all that entails.
NO BAWLER nBROWN Brown is happier talking up his players at Dundee rather than shouting them down in the dressing room
I don't want to change and become a shouter and bawler. I want the transition to be as smooth as possible.