give (one) an earful

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give (one) an earful

1. To give one a lengthy reprimand or lecture. My mom gave me an earful once she heard about my speeding ticket. I gave that kid an earful after he dented my car.
2. To divulge secrets to one. Tim gave me an earful about his relationship this afternoon, and it doesn't sound good. I think he's going to break up with Mark.
See also: earful, give
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She sets off to give him an earful and irrepressible Jerry falls for the feisty lady.
Having lambasted the linesman and the fourth official, Pressley made a point of waiting for the referee to give him an earful as the teams headed for the dressing rooms.
Probably because BP is worth so much to the Scottish economy, not even SNP apparatchiks are prepared to give him an earful.
CHRISTOPHE Berra expects Steven Fletcher to give him an earful over a red card clash between the pair north of the border.
She even rang the Hey Jude hero to give him an earful - and told pals he was squandering his cash on Nancy, 47.
She rang Brian to give him an earful about not respecting her wishes as their mum.
Short of yanking Watson out of the game to give him an earful, there wasn't much Lavin could do to impact Watson's decision-making.
But Christine admitted she might have trouble getting hold of the Tory politician to give him an earful.