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give someone an earful

1. tv. to scold someone. Sally gave Sam an earful for the way he treated Mary.
2. tv. to tell someone surprising secrets. Willy gave Sally an earful about Todd’s tax problems.
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The latest occasion was the Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar, where Afghanistan president, Ashraf Ghani also chimed in to give an earful to Pakistan's delegate - the PM's foreign affairs adviser, Sartaj Aziz.
From patients and parents to nurses and practitioners, the many faces of Texans affected by potential health care budget cuts gathered at the Capitol today to give an earful to lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee.
I had to laugh when one Scottish keeper threw a tantrum and raced out of his penalty area to give an earful to a colleague after an opponent had fired in a shot from 35 yards.
Maybe not, but the waitress showed remarkable restraint when we arrived at the packed dining room late, biting her tongue where others - myself included - would have been tempted to give an earful.
But it's clear he'll give an earful to anyone who dares ruffle his feathers.