give them hell

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give (one) hell

1. To give someone a hard time by means of aggressive actions or attitude. I'd avoid the boss today—he's already given me hell.
2. To scold or reprimand someone, often severely. Mom will give you hell if you come home after curfew yet again.
3. To produce or present problems or challenges for one. This discrepancy in the budget is really giving me hell—I still haven't figured it out.
See also: give, hell

give them hell

An exclamation of encouragement for someone who is about to participate in something, often a competition, that is intended to motivate them to give their maximum effort in order to defeat their opponent ("them") or achieve success within that arena. "Them" is often shortened to "'em" or "em." Good luck out there, Dara! Give them hell! A: "I just don't know if I'm cut out for college." B: "Nonsense! You're gonna give 'em hell!"
See also: give, hell
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When you see a bunch of 22-year-olds smashed out of their minds you usually think something like: "Go on, kids - give 'em hell.
On their very first headlining show in Newcastle, frontman Chad Nicefield was clearly up for making an impression with a whirlwind of energy from start to finish, and Give 'Em Hell does exactly what it says on the tin.
We're playing a really difficult team right out of the chute so we'll give 'em hell and see what happens.
GIVE 'EM HELL Morgan's all smiles after battering the Aussies into submission
March 24-April 23, Kansas City: Give 'em Hell, Harry.
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With grace and dignity, give 'em hell," Whitsett said.
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We'll pronounce on stuff you didn't even know had gone wrong, the Holy Spirit nudging us on and saying, more, more, give 'em hell, Sic.
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BELTER Thorpe hit a debut ton and as a pundit now he's backing Trott GIVE 'EM HELL Trott should play to his strengths and hit out at the Oval
Carlin's excellent chapter on President Truman highlights why we remember the give 'em hell Harry of his political speeches but little else of his presidential rhetoric--because Truman and his White House staff, reacting to unfavorable comparisons with FDR, made a conscious decision to emphasize "substantive policy in clear, unemotional terms" (p.