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give (one) a (good) bawling out
To scold one extensively. The teacher gave us a good bawling out when she caught us cheating on the test. My mother said she would give me a bawling out if I stayed out past curfew again.
give someone a (good) bawling out
to bawl someone out; to chastise someone. When the teacher caught Bil-lie, he gave him a good bawling out.