give somebody/get a roasting
get a roasting
To be very strongly rebuked, criticized, or condemned. The giant supermarket chain has gotten a roasting lately over allegations that they've been threatening local shops and markets. Mark sure got a roasting because of that prank he pulled in class yesterday.
give (one) a roasting
To very strongly rebuke or criticize one. The principal gave Mark a roasting because of that prank he pulled in class yesterday.