box somebody's ears

box (one's) ears

To hit someone. This now-outdated phrase is usually said as a vague threat. The next time you borrow my car without my permission, I'll box your ears!
See also: box, ear

box somebody’s ˈears

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give somebody a box on the ˈears

(old-fashioned) hit somebody with your hand on the side of their head as a punishment: If you do that one more time I’ll box your ears, boy!
See also: box, ear