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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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Other formations caught hell while we had a "milk run.
One reason for this is that when the first public allowance sale - between Wisconsin Power and Light and the Tennessee Valley Authority - was announced, the companies involved caught hell from the press for "buying the right to pollute.
Openly gay composer] Billy Strayhorn caught hell back then when he was playing with Duke Ellington.
For instance, when President Clinton left office, he did some stupid things he has justifiably caught hell for in the press--like the Marc Rich pardon and the loony and greedy idea of registering for gifts.
We met stiff resistance on the first road into town, but it wasn't until we got into town that we caught hell,'' he wrote.
Gay ex-baseball pro Billy Bean caught hell for saying on HBO's Arli$$ that it's safer in the closet, gay ex-football pro Esera Tuaolo defied all naysayers by proclaiming his sexuality, and the WNBA found that out players and coaches coexist with antigay executives.