give (one) both barrels

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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

INFORMAL
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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Solskjaer claimed after the match that the decision was down to the players and not him, prompting Sutton to give him both barrels onBBC Radio 5 Live.
More Collum inches Craig Levein struggled to contain his glee as he spotted that Willie Collum was in charge yesterday but he was denied the chance to give him both barrels as the ref infuriated Well boss Stephen Robinson instead.
They might give him both barrels - 'You're taking the ***, you're bang out of order' - or they might go down the more subtle route, which is often worse than being fronted up.
Remain silent unless challenged and then give him both barrels for letting you slip through his fingers.
And with Ricky Ponting's Australia, backed by a hostile home crowd, gearing up to give him both barrels, Trott is bracing himself for the experience of a lifetime Down Under.
Colin Montgomerie could give Nicolas Anelka lessons in sulking when the game of golf exasperates him, but unlike Monsieur Sulk, he does make up for it, just when you want to give him both barrels of vitriol.