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an earful

A lengthy reprimand or lecture. I got an earful from my mom once she heard about my speeding ticket. I gave that kid an earful after he dented my car.
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get an earful

To receive a lengthy reprimand or lecture. I got an earful from my mom once she heard about my speeding ticket.
See also: earful, get

give (one) an earful

1. To give one a lengthy reprimand or lecture. My mom gave me an earful once she heard about my speeding ticket. I gave that kid an earful after he dented my car.
2. To divulge secrets to one. Tim gave me an earful about his relationship this afternoon, and it doesn't sound good. I think he's going to break up with Mark.
See also: earful, give
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*an earful

Fig. a great amount of discussion, criticism, gossip, or complaint. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) She was really mad about something, and I sure got an earful. Sue was standing around the corner while Jim and Mary were arguing and got an earful.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. n. a tremendous amount of gossip. I can give you an earful about the mayor.
2. n. a scolding. Her mother gave her an earful when she finally got home.

give someone an earful

1. tv. to scold someone. Sally gave Sam an earful for the way he treated Mary.
2. tv. to tell someone surprising secrets. Willy gave Sally an earful about Todd’s tax problems.
See also: earful, give, someone
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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