give it to(redirected from give it to them)
give (something) to (someone)
1. To pass or hand something to someone Can you give these files to Bob for me? I already gave my present to Mom—was I supposed to wait?
2. To bestow or gift something to someone. I plan to give my grandmother's ring to my daughter when she turns 18. Please give this money to the landscaper when he comes by later.
give it to (one)
To rebuke or scold one; to verbally or physically punish one. Our parents really gave it to us for coming home late last night. The headmaster gave it to the students for their disruption during class.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
give it to someone (straight)
to tell something to someone clearly and directly. Come on, give it to me straight. I want to know exactly what happened. Quit wasting time, and tell me. Give it to me straight.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
give it to
Punish or reprimand, as in Dad really gave it to Tom for coming in so late. This expression, implying a physical or verbal attack, dates from the late 1500s. Also see give someone hell. In more recent times the expression gave rise to give it to someone straight, meaning "to tell someone something candidly and directly." For example, I asked the doctor to give it to use straight about Mother's condition.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
give it toInformal
To punish or reprimand severely: My parents really gave it to me for coming in late.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.