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catch hell

To receive the brunt of another's anger, often through scolding. If I get home past curfew again, I'm really going to catch hell from my parents!
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catch hell (about someone or something)

 and get hell (about someone or something); catch hell (for something)
to be scolded (about someone or something). This isn't the first time Bill's caught hell about his drinking. We knew we were gonna catch hell when Ma saw how we'd ruined her garden. Somebody is going to catch hell for this!
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Her frank assertions serve as a kind of prelude to her song, which warns feminists to heed closely and avoid misinterpreting her complaints: "I'm catching hell. / Living here alone.
/ Hold on to your 'good things'/Hold on." "I'm Catching Hell" challenges the notion that black women--or black men, for that matter--can thrive as well living alone as with a partner.
So pleasant is such surrender that I have sometimes forced it, fatuously, at the cost of catching hell from my conscience (if not a scornful colleague) later.
Having tackled Enron, Elliot Spitzer and torture in Iraq, Alex Gibney takes on another national enigma, the Chicago Cubs, in "Catching Hell," which largely tells the sad story of Steve Bartman, whose interference with a foul ball during Game 6 of the 2003 National League playoffs incurred the wrath of an entire city.
Whitey Ford was still on the mound humming fast balls and side arm sliders to Elston Howard catching hell for being one of the first coloreds behind the plate
Rose has sold "Bruce Almighty" to Tom Shadyac and Universal, "Catching Hell" to Fox, a Chris Brancato pitch to Ron Howard's and Brian Grazer's Imagine and the Neil Brennan/ Mike Shore spec "Totally Awesome" to Dimension.