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give (one) both barrels

To scold or judge one with extreme force or vigor. The phrase refers to the barrels of a gun. You have to know that she's going to give us both barrels if we fire her, so just be prepared. The team looked a bit lackluster in their first game, but they've given us both barrels tonight.
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give someone both barrels

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If you give someone both barrels, you criticize them fiercely and with force. She was angry and gave him both barrels. Note: You can also attack or criticize someone with both barrels. Let him have it with both barrels and then get out of the situation while you can. Note: This expression refers to the firing of both barrels of a double-barrelled gun.
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Assistant boss Mark McGhee couldn't conceal his anger and frustration at full-time and appeared to give both barrels to Allan McGregor, Scott Brown and Russell Martin on the touchline.
THE chief executive of the Forum of Private Business, Nick Goulding, will today give both barrels to retailers who exploit purchasing power at the expense of suppliers.
Some even opted to forge an unlikely alliance with Rangers fans and give both barrels to Parkhead powers-that-be for playing the lead roles in this farcical fixture furore.