Give grief - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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give (one) grief
To criticize or tease someone. Once my brother hears that I hit a parked car, he'll give me grief about it for years to come. I'm pretty sure that Kevin likes Katie, so I keep giving him grief about it.
give someone grief be a nuisance to someone. informal
1998 Times One of the passengers who'd been giving the cabin crew grief started yelling, ‘We've had a near miss.’
give somebody ˈgrief (about/over something) (informal) be annoyed with somebody and criticize their behaviour: Stop giving me grief and let me finish this!
References in periodicals archive
These administrative and bureaucratic hurdles do nothing except give grief
She was expressing a near-universal human wish: To bring home the remains, observe the rituals of mourning, give grief
a shape and a focus.
You were there to give grief
and intimidate the Everton fans, weren't you?
In an ideal world that wouldn't happen, but people are always going to give grief
to those from different backgrounds.
But the truth is, we ushers do more than take money and give grief