give (one) an earful

(redirected from gave us an earful)

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
References in periodicals archive ?
The manager gave us an earful and it wasn't a pleasant night for us," he said.
The manager gave us an earful for that but we have got a bit of a smile out of him now and Monday should be okay,' said Lazaridis.
Jude gave us an earful and said we should show more respect for her boyfriend's athletic prowess.
Mr Zou gave us an earful when he noted the generic importance of a machine tool industry to a country's economy.
People gave us an earful about things like public drinking and drug taking, late night noise and intimidating behaviour from crowds on city and suburban streets - the list went on and on.