give (one) an earful

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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
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I knew there was no point, but I couldn't help myself, and I got on the blower and gave them an earful.
In the recent mouth-foaming Assembly debate on abortion, when the male members, led by the DUP's Jim Wells, rambled emotionally about legalised killings, crime, murder and what women should be permitted to do with their bodies, Ms Carson gave them an earful of forthright common sense.