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
References in classic literature ?
"Then under the bottom, wi' the best o' luck an' give 'em hell!" cried a young fellow who had been in the trenches.
"My strategy is just to go out," Biden responded, "and remember that famous expression my grandpop used to use, when they said to Harry Truman, give 'em hell, Harry, and he said, 'No, I'm just going to tell the truth, they're going to think it's hell.'"
I'm not saying that what we have now, as what my favorite US President Harry 'Give 'Em Hell' Truman would love to say, is a 'do-nothing-Congress'.
Give 'em hell: Book of Demons is a simplistic spin on the classic Diablo
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.
Run and hide or give 'em hell? Submitting to threats is not an option, as I hardly needed reminding by my Guardianista daughter's youthful "publish and be damned" Facebook tirade; on the other hand, reprinting the original provocation is like fighting fires by pouring on petrol.
"Give 'em hell!" I hollered as my student and I floated to the deck during a sliding landing demonstration.
"Shouts of 'Give 'em hell, Ike,' and 'Pour it on,' greeted the general as he tossed aside his tan overcoat and soft hat in below-40 temperatures to make his first major speech in his tour of politically critical New England,'' the Telegram said.
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Give 'em hell boys!; the complete military correspondence of Nathan Bedford Forrest.
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
Crowds responded to his fiery speeches with shouts of, "Give 'em hell, Harry!"