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give hell to

To give someone a hard time by means of aggressive actions or attitude. I'd avoid the boss today—he's giving hell to everyone.
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They really gave hell to his family too, because his body wasn't even cold and they were round bothering them to get what they could.
Currency and banking crises gave hell to emerging market economies in the 1990s.