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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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"That court has got to cut this segregation out, cause I'm telling you, we Negroes have caught hell long enough."
Even the battle-wise still caught hell on occasion.
Other formations caught hell while we had a "milk run." Yet I was told the B-29s suffered no losses that night.
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." The TVA's executive vice president William Malec then griped to The Energy Daily that the sale "created an impression in the media that nothing less than a cabal of utility executives had conspired to pollute the environment for fun and profit," and that such bad press would have a chilling effect on utilities, which are forced to operate at the public's forbearance under layers of regulation.
"[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.